ND and BYU are "Brothers in Independence"

Maurice Stovall holds off a BYU tackler in Notre Dame Stadium in 2005

PART ONE: BROTHERS IN INDEPENDENCE

With conference realignment and a new playoff system threatening the already unstable landscape of college football, Notre Dame's presence at playoff talks may benefit another religious university without a conference affiliation: Brigham Young.  Jeff Call, sportswriter for the Salt Lake City-based Deseret News, explores how Notre Dame's future might impact Brigham Young's football fortunes ahead of a six-game series between the Cougars and the Fighting Irish.

PART TWO: GOING TO NOTRE DAME IS MORE THAN A GAME

When three Mormons from Alabama visited Notre Dame in 2005, they came with a mission of an untraditional sort: They offered to attend Catholic mass in exchange for football tickets to see the Irish take on their beloved Brigham Young Cougars.  But as they and other visitors learned, Notre Dame gamedays are more than just the game.  Jeff Call previews the Notre Dame gameday mistique ahead of Brigham Young's visit to Notre Dame on October 20.

PART THREE: PLAYING AT NOTRE DAME LIKE A BOWL GAME

Both Notre Dame and Brigham Young have plenty of traditional rivalries. Now that Notre Dame and BYU are scheduled for a six-game series lasting until 2020, Jeff Call surveys the fanscape to see if there could be a spark between these two independent, private and religiously-affiliated universities.

PART FOUR: COUGARS AND IRISH HAVE GAME HISTORY

On September 10, 2010, Brigham Young athletic director Tom Holmoe announced that BYU was an independent athletics program, and that the program had signed an eight-year contract with ESPN.  But when Holmoe also announced that the Cougars would be starting a series with the Fighting Irish, he excited the Cougar fan base and revived a gridiron relationship two decades old.   

Cover image by Matt Cashore '94.

 by Michael Rodio

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