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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.


Lessons Learned from Dean Smith

Legendary University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died at age 83. What lives on are the lessons he taught the brotherhood of Tar Heel players, principles such as … Continue reading


Richard Deitsch on The Jerry Barca Podcast

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch is one of the best at what he does – covering sports media. He joined the show and spoke about sports as well as Brian Williams’ suspension, … Continue reading


How to Recover from Failure

How does a team come back from failure? Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and a Fordham University psychology Ph.D. with an expertise in motivation offer some actions to take … Continue reading


The Expiration of Arrogance In Seattle

After the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots and the odd in-game behavior of the Seahawks, I wrote about Seattle’s need to adjust the arrogance for Forbes.com. When you’re on … Continue reading


The Jerry Barca Podcast – Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal

Jason Gay, sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and contributor to Fox Sports 1, is one of the funniest, smartest people in sports media. He brings those skills to this episode, … Continue reading


The Jerry Barca Podcast – Rocky Bleier and Fort Bragg Patriots Hockey

War stories, leadership, and the bonds of sports and the military in conversations with two decorated soldiers. This episode features U.S. Army Sgt. Sean Harjala and Vietnam Veteran and former … 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