Stories by Notre Dame Alumni Association

A Sideline View to History

Reed Gregory '21 & John Mahoney '21

A Sideline View to History

The 2020 college football season was an unforgettable one in many ways. With schedules shortened and constrained by the pandemic, intersectional rivalries interrupted, stadium capacities limited or emptied, and virus safety protocols earning as much attention as depth charts, it will be remembered as much for its novelty as for the teams and student-athletes that made headlines in their own right. For Notre Dame, the 2020 season meant a temporary hiatus from independence to compete as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the Irish went undefeated during the regular season, played for its first (and perhaps only) conference football championship, and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three seasons.