Year in review: Irish football

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
2013 started out as a year filled with hope for Irish fans, as the football team headed to the national championship in Miami.

In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla. ESPN says Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax. He said in the off-camera interview: "When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this." (AP Photo/ESPN Images, Ryan Jones)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. 2013 started out as a year filled with hope for Irish fans, as the football team headed to the national championship in Miami.

But, just two days after the Irish faithful filled this beach for a pep rally, dreams of another national title came to end.

Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42 to 14.

Then weeks later, the Manti Te'o scandal broke.

The girlfriend Manti had talked so much about was in fact fake.

The university and Manti, went on to say it was all part of an elaborate catfishing scheme, with Manti as the victim.

And you can't forget when quarterback Everett Golson was expelled from the university after cheating on a test.

The expulsion meant the football team would have to tackle this year's season without Golson.

The Irish finished 9 and 4 after beating the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers 29 to 16 in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday.


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