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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.


The Jerry Barca Podcast – NFL Writer John McClain

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle has been covering the NFL for 35 years. In this episode, he talks about Jadeveon Clowney’s lost season, J.J. Watt’s MVP candidacy, and the … 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

John Wensink

The Jerry Barca Podcast – ESPN Films “Our Tough Guy” Producer

Producer Mark O’Sullivan joined the show to talk about the ESPN Films 30 for 30 Short Our Tough Guy. The film is the incredible story of Boston Bruin John Wensink … 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

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

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

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

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