Evan Sharpley | Nov. 1, 2013 | South Bend Tribune
God. Country. Notre Dame.
That mantra, chiseled into the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, describes the perfect balance of spirituality, allegiance and family. As the Naval Academy once again travels to South Bend, it reminds Irish staff, students, players, alums and fans that “Country” comes before “Notre Dame.”
Saturday will be the 87th straight year, starting in 1927, that the Irish have played the Naval Academy, making it the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in the country. Although the Irish hold a 73-12-1 (.855) edge in the series, there is an intense amount of honor and respect between the programs, on and off the field.