August 28, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
The challenge of defending a national title is one that every team in the country would gladly accept and this year that task belongs to Notre Dame.
For the first time in the 38-year history of the program the Fighting Irish will wear the label `reigning national champion'. Unfortunately, the title and ensuing expectations don't come with a manual.
"The big thing about this season is that it's new for everybody," Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark says. "We've been the defending champion of our conference, but we've never been the defending national champion. That's a great challenge to have and I think we're all looking forward to it. We've seen how some other teams have won the championship and then the year after has not been as good."