Players unfamiliar with 1973 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama

Notre Dame and Alabama were on the practice fields Thursday in preparation for Monday’s BCS National Championship game, and this is not the first time the teams have battled for the title.

The Irish and the Crimson Tide battled in the 1973 Sugar Bowl, a year when most of the current players’ parents were still children and teens. So it’s not surprising that most of the players were not familiar with the 24-23 win that gave Notre Dame the national championship.

“Honestly I don’t know too much about it,” said Kapron Lewis-Moore, “that’s in the past, that’s history. I don’t think the ’73 has anything to do with 2013.”

But one player did know about the classic game, Alabama center Barrett Jones.

“I don’t think we were very aware at all before this,” said Jones, “a lot of past players have been telling us about how much disliked Notre Dame in their day.”

The rivalry has been restored and will come to full force Monday night.

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