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Why it started? Leahy's hiring at Notre Dame can be seen as where the program began to rise again. After going 20-2 and winning the 1941 Sugar Bowl while coaching Boston College, he went a combined 15-2-3 in his first two years with the Irish.
Why it ended? Notre Dame went 4-4-1 in 1950. The four losses that season were more than Leahy had in his seven previous seasons at Notre Dame combined (three).
Did you know? In addition to the Ireland Trophy, the winner of the Notre Dame-Boston College game receives the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl, as Leahy coached both schools, which are the only Catholic FBS institutions.