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Swezey: Notre Dame-Navy a chess match

Swezey: Notre Dame-Navy a chess match

There is a saying at Notre Dame: To judge how good its coaches are, look to how their teams perform against the service academies, not Michigan and Southern California. Gerry Faust had a better record against USC (3-2) and Michigan (1-2) than he did against Air Force (1-4).

For many people, the final nail on Holtz's coffin was the overtime loss to Air Force in 1996 (he was gone by the end of the year). Bob Davie did not lose to a service academy team, but he sure came close--to Navy in 1997 and 1999 and he needed overtime to beat Air Force in 2000. Willingham's teams nearly lost to Air Force (2002) and Navy (2003). Put another way, I don't think it's a coincidence...

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