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  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 1964, file photo, Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian celebrates his first victory with the school as he is carried on the shoulders of his players after their 31-7 victory over Wisconsin, in Madison, Wisc. Notre Dame center Norm Nicola (50) leaps at left. Quarterback John Huarte (7) is in foreground. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 31, 1964, file photo, Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian and team captain Jim Carroll (60) lead the team out onto the field in Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., which was picture day for the team and the day before the season's practices were to begin. . (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 31, 1970, file photo, Navy head coach Rick Forzano, left, and Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian talk on the sideline during a football game in Philadelphia. Notre Dame defeated Navy 56-7.  (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this June 13, 2016, file photo, former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian makes his way to an interview area during the Kelly Cares Foundation Golf Invitational at Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, Mich. Parseghian died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at his home in Granger, Ind. He was 94. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1959, file photo, Northwestern coach Ara Parseghian is shown in a dressing room in Iowa City, after the Iowa-Northwestern college football game. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick, File)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 9:10 am

Ara Parseghian, won 2 titles at Notre Dame, has died at 94

Associated Press

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Ara Parseghian, who took over a foundering Notre Dame football program and restored it to glory with two national championships in 11 seasons, has died. He was 94.

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins announced in a statement that Parseghian died at home at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Parseghian had recently returned to his home in Granger, Indiana, after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility in South Bend, Indiana. He was treated for an infection in his surgically repaired hip.

Parseghian and the Irish won titles in 1966 and 1973, but he abruptly retired after the 1974 season at age 51 with a record of 95-17-4.

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Former AP Sports Writer Tom Coyne contributed to this report.

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