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Notre Dame University/NFL

NOTRE DAME BOX

Poster Team: Notre Dame

Knute Rockne created this variation of the single-wing by putting the four backs behind the line in a square (the "box") and then put them in motion together. Opposing coaches demanded that the Rules Committee outlaw the motion. Every time the rule changed, Rockne adjusted. The final rule, demanding that shifting players come to a stop for a full second, didn't stop the Irish, either.

STATE OF THE OFFENSE
The opponents of the Notre Dame shift won the decades-long argument when the Football Rules Committee decided in 1927 to compel players in motion to come to a stop for one full second. The Notre Dame box lived on as a stylized version of the double-wing offense. It, too, would be replaced by the T.