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Willingham brings a new Ara to Notre Dame

Updated: October 17, 2002, 1:50 AM ET
By Adrian Wojnarowski | Special to ESPN.com

When they visited for a round of golf this summer, Ty Willingham mildly probed Ara Parseghian for his wisdom on the long, lonely walk of a Notre Dame football coach. Despite the passing of nearly 40 years, they had come to South Bend under the most comparable of circumstances: The Fighting Irish down and out, the suggestions surfacing that the glory days were gone for good.

"Go back in the papers to the time I took over," Parseghian said this week by phone, "and all the quotes sounded just ...

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