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Ara Parseghian
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Football Coach
    (March 10, 1923-August 2, 2017)
    Head Coach of Miami of Ohio (1951-1955), Northwestern (1956-1963) and Notre Dame (1964-1974)
    Career record 170-58-6
    Won 2 national championships (1966, 1973)
    Coach of the year (1964)
    In his second to last game, Notre Dame suffered an embarrassing 55-24 loss to USC, giving up 49 points in 17 minutes.
    In 1966, top-ranked Notre Dame faced #2 Michigan State in the 'Game of the Century.' Parseghian called for four straight running plays to run out the clock, and the game ended with a final score of 10-10. He was accused of playing for a tie, and it has tainted his legacy at Notre Dame ever since.
    His name is hard to pronounce (it's pronounced AIR-uh Par-SEEG-yen).
    In his second year at Northwestern, the football team went 0-9.
    He didn't show up at the press conference at which he was to be named head coach at Notre Dame.
    His decision to run out the clock instead of passing the ball in the 'Game of the Century' preserved Notre Dame's place atop the rankings, and they finished the 1966 season as National Champions.
    He was named Head coach at Miami University after just one season as an assistant.
    His record of 95-17-4, .836 winning percentage, and two national titles at Notre Dame make him the school's most successful coach since Frank Leahy.
    51 of his players at Notre Dame were named All-Americans.
    In his eleven years at Notre Dame, the fighting Irish finished with a Top 10 ranking nine times.
    In the middle of the 1967 season, he learned that his daughter, Karan, had contracted Multiple Sclerosis.
    Two of his grandchildren died from a disease called Niemann-Pick disease, and a third suffers from the condition.
    He's active in fundraising to find a cure for both MS and Niemann-Pick disease to this day.
    He was the first Notre Dame coach in fifty years who didn't graduate from that university.
    Upon his retirement, he became the first person named an honorary Notre Dame alumnus.
    He's been married to the same woman for over fifty years.
    He's left-handed.
    His tenure at Notre Dame is popularly referred to as 'the Era of Ara.'

Credit: Sean Henry at Purdue


    For 2017, as of last week, Out of 107 Votes: 72.90% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 35.71% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 23 Votes: 60.87% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 27 Votes: 48.15% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 18 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 24 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 40 Votes: 57.50% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 107 Votes: 49.53% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 121 Votes: 42.15% Annoying
 
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