The Golden Dream
Gerry Faust won more hearts than games. He came to Notre Dame as the mythical high school coach from Cincinnati's Moeller High School, such as perfect fit for Notre Dame that is seemed almost too good to be true. It was. Faust admits his mistakes, which include the manner in which he put together his first coaching staff, changing Notre Dame's offence without considering carefully the type of players former coach Dan Devine had left him, even feeling sorry for himself. He explains how he could beat Southern Cal, but not Air Force and Purdue. When he resigned in 1985, an outpouring of affection came from former presidents, Super Bowl coaches, players and their mums. An optimist to the end, Faust took on, if anything, an even greater challenge when he left Notre Dame, he became coach at the University of Akron, a program where, unlike Notre Dame, not everyone wanted him to succeed.
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