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Available anywhere books are sold: Unbeatable: Notre Dame’s 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football SeasonThey were an unlikely crew tasked with a seemingly impossible mission: restore Notre Dame’s place as a college football power. In 1988, led by a scrawny, bespectacled coach in Lou Holtz; an African-American quarterback from South Carolina in Tony Rice; and a ferocious defense, they returned the Fighting Irish to the top.

With original reporting and scores of interviews with players and coaches, along with detailed research and access to Notre Dame’s archives, Jerry Barca writes a gripping story of an unbelievable season and an amazing group of players, over 30 who signed with NFL teams. More than a “Notre Dame” book, Unbeatable is a compelling tale of the miraculous rebirth of perhaps the greatest program the sport has known. It is the unlikely story of a team that started as an underdog, but came together to make history.

Stapleton interviewing Michael Strahan.

The Jerry Barca Podcast – Art Stapleton

  Art Stapleton, New York Giants beat writer and NFL columnist for The Record, talks about the 2014 GMen, the NFC East, and sports journalism. You can listen below or … Continue reading

It started with the Greekside

On Nicknames, And Not Having One

I was having beers with Gorilla and Cracker, and I realized I’ve never had a nickname, at least never one that has stuck. The thoughts in my head went something … Continue reading


The Jerry Barca Podcast – Michael Weinreb

Enjoy this super-size serving of college football talk with author and journalist Michael Weinreb, who talks about his new book Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games. … Continue reading

Get yourself a signed copy of Unbeatable.

Get Signed Copies of Unbeatable

You can now order a signed copy of Unbeatable. Looking for that gift, or something special for yourself? You can buy Unbeatable in hardcover or paperback and have it signed … Continue reading

Lou Holtz (Courtesy of
Michael and Susan Bennett, Lighthouse Imaging)

Unbeatable Excerpt: A Thrilling Championship Season

This excerpt, which appears on ESPN.com, sets up the 1989 Fiesta Bowl showdown on New Year’s Day that led Notre Dame to the title and solidified quarterback Tony Rice as … Continue reading

Notre Dame Stadium with grass

On FieldTurf, Grass, and Tradition

From my earliest days, I loved the grass at Notre Dame Stadium. Loved it. When I was five years old my Irish-Catholic mother, who worked for the Archdiocese of Newark, … Continue reading

Tony Rice

Praise for Unbeatable

    “I spent time with Jerry Barca, talking in-depth about that terrific 1988 season and my time as a coach at Notre Dame.  He captures all the hard work … Continue reading