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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.

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