Still think the best pep rallies were in the old fieldhouse...
This is the first one that I am aware of which was held in front of the Hesburgh Library. Coach Kelly says that this location is appropriate because it is where Knute Rockne practiced. Our first stadium was Cartier Field (1900), located just north of Notre Dame Stadium (1930), and immediately south of the Library and the Touchdown Jesus mosaic. The Band and the students are still the featured parts of these Pep Rallies.
As in the past, the coach usually says a few words, along with a celebrity speaker and a few speakers from the team. Dick Vitale, whose two daughters were tennis stars at ND, is the first person you will see. The three players are Manti T’eo, our All American Linebacker and Captain. He is a Hawaiian (graduated from President Obama’s high school) and a Mormon (so he has both Presidential candidates covered!). He has had a heavy heart for a week as his grandmother and girlfriend (leukemia) died within hours of each other. Prince Shembo, is a first generation American, whose family came over from the Congo. He went to high school in North Carolina. The final speaker, Troy Niklas (nicknamed Hercules), is from Southern California.