Parseghian feels defense will carry Irish with Golson suspended

Irish coaching legend Ara Parseghian spent his Friday night with the student body that started at Notre Dame alongside him.

Parseghian was the keynote speaker at the Class of 1968's 45th reunion at Notre Dame. Those students were freshmen when Parseghian took over as the Irish football coach and juniors when Notre Dame won its first of two national titles under Ara.

49 years after his first day on the job, Parseghian is still as sharp as they come. At 90 years old, he still follows the team closely including last week's news that quarterback Everett Golson was suspended for the fall semester due to "poor academic judgment."

"That was a shocking loss, no question about that," Parseghian told NewsCenter 16. "Golson had a great year last year and was improving on a steady basis. That hard part is that spring practice is already over."

"The loss of Golson--he's got that ability to run and pass--he's a leader and he's a winner but behind him I think are some people that are going to step up."

If there is a good thing out of this Parseghian says, it's that Tommy Rees has a ton of experience. Ara also feels Hendrix has a lot of potential and while he hasn't seen Malik Zaire in person, Ara likes what he's heard about the Irish rookie quarterback.

"The thing about last year for Notre Dame was that they had a great defense and they are going to have another great defense again," Ara explained. "That will carry you and get you over some rough spots that you may not be able to do previously."

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