Tim Bourret | Jan. 18, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
The week after the University of Notre Dame's 29-3 football victory over Navy on Oct. 30, 1965, Irish head football coach Ara Parseghian received a letter from a first-year high school coach at a small Catholic school in Hazelton, Pa.
The letter from the 24-year-old basically told Parseghian that he wanted to be the head basketball coach at Notre Dame some day. Even though he had never seen the campus, it was his dream job.
Parseghian received a lot of letters like this from football coaches interested in getting into his chosen profession, but never had he received a letter from a basketball coach about being the Notre Dame basketball coach. At least this guy wasn't after his job.
Parseghian had a file for such correspondence called "Crazy Letter File"--and that is where he placed it.
Less than six years later, in May of 1971, a now 29-year old Richard "Digger" Phelps, the author of that letter, joined Parseghian as basketball coach on the head coaching staff of legendary Notre Dame athletics director Moose Krause.