Originally created 12/15/01

Irish highs and lows in 2001



Jan. 1: Loses to Oregon State 41-9 in Fiesta Bowl, ending 2000 season at 9-3.

July 25: At a news conference with coaches from the state of Indiana, Bob Davie says he has the most talented team since arriving at Notre Dame.

Aug. 11: Ranked No. 18 in AP preseason poll.

Sept. 8: Loses season opener, 27-10 at Nebraska.

Sept. 22: Loses to Michigan State, 17-10 - a fifth straight loss to the Spartans.

Sept. 24: Matt LoVecchio loses starting job to Carlyle Holiday.

Sept. 29: Falls to 0-3 - worst start in school history - with 24-3 loss to Texas A&M.

Sept. 30: Students begin calling for Davie to be fired.

Oct. 6: Wins first game of season, 24-7, against Pittsburgh.

Oct. 20: Fans start wearing "Dump Davie" T-shirts at USC game, which Notre Dame wins, 27-16.

Oct. 27: Loses to Boston College, 21-17, and falls to 3-4.

Nov. 3: Falls to 3-5 after 28-18 loss to Tennessee.

Nov. 17: Falls to 4-6 and clinches losing season with 17-13 loss to Stanford.

Nov. 27: Davie says only way he'll leave is if he's fired.

Dec. 1: Beats Purdue 24-18 to end season at 5-6.

Dec. 2: Fires Davie.

Dec. 9: Hires George O'Leary.

Dec. 14: O'Leary resigns after admitting he lied about his academic and athletic background.