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Alabama Football: A deserved hat tip to the Irish and Brian Kelly

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Alabama Football: Whatever the semi-final outcome, college football is better with a strong Notre Dame Fighting Irish program.

Any Alabama football fan who is also a fan of college football history respects the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The long history of Notre Dame football success is too deep to discount. It matters little the program has not won a National Championship since 1988. The Irish football history leading up to 1988 was sensational.

Notre Dame claims 11 National Championships. They could claim several more and should claim at least two more. It does not matter the Irish shared a 1966 National Championship with Michigan State – a Championship Alabama Football deserved.