Tide might be turning in rivalry series

Updated: August 9, 2010, 4:15 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Notre Dame and USC remain among the biggest brand names in college football. Yes, that's true even now, with the Fighting Irish mired in a long stretch of mediocrity and the Trojans reeling from major NCAA sanctions.

So it's naturally big news when either team changes coaches. When both do it in the same year, it's really big news.

Last time it happened was in 1941, when Notre Dame hired Frank Leahy and USC hired Sam Barry. Advantage: Irish. Leahy went 87-11-9 and became ...

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