Pete Thamel | Jan. 5, 2013 | Sports Illustrated
Adam Sargent still looms as a larger-than-life figure at Notre Dame. And the same spirit that once infused his life as a student and athlete now resonates through the school's administration and athletic offices. It even extends to the BCS title game on Monday night.
Sargent, 36, serves as the associate director in Notre Dame's Academic Services for Student Athletes office. It's a position of such importance that few people spend more time with Fighting Irish football players. And his role is one that's earned national acclaim, as Sargent has played a key part in helping Notre Dame pull off the rarest of double feats: The Irish are ranked No. 1 in both the polls and in Graduation Success Rate, the first college football team to achieve that in the BCS era.
"Without Adam Sargent," said star linebacker Manti Te'o, "there would be no Notre Dame football."