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Monogram Club Musings: Stanford Edition

Oct 9, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT

When people think of Notre Dame football’s west coast rival, USC is always first to come to mind. In recent memory, however, it has been the Irish’s games with the team from northern California—Stanford—that have produced the most memorable moments.

The Fighting Irish and Cardinal duked it out in the rain once again on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, returning to the scene of their 2012 thriller. While there were no goal line stands this time around, the game certainly was not short on drama. Facing 4th-and-11 with just over a minute remaining, quarterback Everett Golson found tight end Ben Koyack in the back of the end zone for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

While the matchup with Michigan may have been the most anticipated home game when the schedule was first announced, Notre Dame’s meeting with the Cardinal may prove to be the biggest home weekend of the 2014 season. The Monogram Club’s Board of Directors and the University’s Board of Trustees hosted their fall meetings, and a number of Fighting Irish teams and programs held reunions throughout the course of the weekend.

Without further ado, here’s a look back in the latest Monogram Musings!

Stanford Game Notes

    • Prior to kickoff, more than 200 Monogram winners, including football alumni, former senior football managers and board members formed the pre-game tunnel to welcome the Fighting Irish onto the field. Among this group were members of the 1964 team (Ara Parseghian’s first Irish squad) that finished 9-1, in one of the greatest turnarounds in Notre Dame football history. Have a look below for the on-field perspective.

    • Several current and former Irish teams were honored on the field during the afternoon, including the 2013 national champion men’s soccer team, the 2014 national runner-up men’s lacrosse team, and the 2004 women’s soccer national championship squad, back on campus for its tenth reunion. Additionally, Notre Dame recognized former head cross country and track & field coach Joe Piane (a 1990 honorary recipient), who retired earlier this year after 39 seasons.

Members of the 2004 national champion Notre Dame women’s soccer team (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)


The 2013 national champion Notre Dame men’s soccer team (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)


Recently retired track and cross country head coach Joe Piane was joined by former student-athletes for an on-field recognition (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)


The 2014 national runner-up men’s lacrosse team (Photo by Mike Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging)

    • As always, 2010 honorary Monogram recipient Sgt. Tim McCarthy delivered a signature end of the third quarter traffic safety pun: “Remember, the reason we nag, is so you won’t horse around.”

Sightings Around Campus

  • Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter spent his ALDS off day in South Bend. Hunter’s son, Torii Hunter Jr., is a sophomore wide receiver, who made the second appearance of his Irish career on Saturday.

Just landed in South Bend for the Game. #goirish #rainyncold #do work #16

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  • Members of the 1964 Notre Dame football team gathered in the Schivarelli Lounge prior to the usual Monogram Friday night reception. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 9-1 season, the former Irish players had the opportunity to visit with head coach Ara Parseghian.

  • On campus to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2004 national championship, former Irish women’s soccer players celebrated throughout the weekend. Watch below for a great recap from Fighting Irish Digital Media.

  • Several other alumni events took place during the Stanford weekend, as rowing hosted its annual erg-a-thon to support pancreatic cancer research, cheerleading gathered in O’Brien’s after the pep rally at the Compton Family Ice Arena, and men’s golf participated in an alumni outing on Sunday.

Monogram Club Events

On Friday, the Monogram Club’s Board of Directors gathered in the Monogram Room for the Club’s fall board meeting. After welcoming new directors Jessica Roman (’92, cheerleading), Carol Ann Michel (’11, rowing), T.J. Mathieson (’04, hockey) and Marc Edwards (’97, football) to the board in April, the Club “officially” presented the new directors with their Monogram Club blazers.

As always, the Club’s luncheon in partnership with the Student Welfare & Development office was among the day’s highlights. Student-athletes from the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Rosenthal Leadership Academy met in Club Naimoli with Monogram board members and other Fighting Irish alumni, including Mike Brennan (’89, football), Christina Glorioso (’95, manager), Ruth Riley (’01, basketball), Chris Stevens (’74, basketball), and Linda Kohan (’09, softball) for an afternoon of networking and career advice.

Once again, the Club invited members to stop by the office on Friday afternoon to say hello, check out Monogram gear, and try on the Irish football helmet. The “Monogram Kickoff” will continue throughout the season, and members are encouraged to come by before heading to the pep rally!

On Friday evening, the Club welcomed dues-paying football Monogram winners and their guests to the Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge at Notre Dame Stadium. Over 500 guests stopped by the “Schiv Lounge” to enjoy a selection of appetizers and cash bar, hit the Play Like A Champion Today sign, and take photos in the locker room.

On Saturday, over 1,100 Monogram winners and their guests visited the Monogram Room for the Club’s pre-game reception. As always, the reception included a visit from the Notre Dame cheerleading squad and leprechaun. Monogram Club Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) and President Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) offered a few remarks to Club members in attendance.

As always, the weekend concluded with the Monogram Club’s post-game Mass in the Monogram Room. Team chaplain Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C. (’81, ’85, ’92) presided as over 230 guests gathered to give thanks. With temperatures in the low- to mid-40s throughout the game, it was a nice opportunity for all to warm up after a long day in the cold. With how the game ended however, there’s no doubt that Saturday evening did not feel nearly as frigid as Saturday afternoon.

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