When I was covering Notre Dame in the ‘80s, I arranged a photo in front of the Golden Dome with basketball coach Digger Phelps, football coach Lou Holtz and the school’s new president, Father Edward “Monk’’ Molloy.
A high-school teammate of the elder John Thompson, Molloy famously played late-night basketball with Notre Dame students, which made for a great story. While reporting on it, I had to share Molloy with Morley Safer and his 60 Minutes crew—hey, it was Notre Dame.
It was a cold day in South Bend when we shot the photo, and Holtz, who had declined to bring an overcoat, was shivering by the end.
“I don’t know why we do this stuff,’’ Holtz said to Phelps. “Half the people love us, but half the people hate us.’’
“As long as they care,’’ Phelps replied. “As long as they care.’’ The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.