Kerry Temple '74 | Jan. 1, 2012 | Notre Dame Magazine
My first awareness of anti-Notre Dame sentiments came in 1966. It was especially puzzling because it came from classmates at my Catholic high school whose religious affiliation did not override their loyalty toward Southeastern Conference football.
My Louisiana friends hated that Notre Dame — having settled for a 10-10 tie with Michigan State — had finished first that season, and without going to a bowl game. Alabama had gone 11-0, outscoring its opponents 301-44, including whopping Nebraska 34-7 in the Orange Bowl.