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Friday, April 20, 2018 7:20 pm

Notre Dame football news, notes

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Notre Dame graduates from the class of 1971 and, potentially the class of 2023, both made headlines around the Irish football program today.

The 1971 graduate is John Arlotta, who donated $5 million to the program to underwrite the team's offensive coordinator position. 

Chip Long and offensive coordinators following him will now be known as the "John and Bobbie Arlotta Family Offensive Coordinator," joining Brian Kelly as endowed coaches on Notre Dame's staff. Kelly's position is called the "Dick Corbett Head Football Coach."

"Bobbie and I are so thankful to be able to support Coach Kelly and the Notre Dame football program," Arlotta said in a written statement. "From our experience owning a  professional lacrosse team, we know that the difference between winning and losing is often found in the little things, or what we call the extra one percent. It is our sincere hope that this gift adds an extra one percent that helps coach Kelly and coach Long bring a national championship back to Notre Dame."

The Arlottas own the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League, an organization in which John Arlotta also serves as the vice chairman. The couple provided another large donation for a lacrosse stadium at Notre Dame, which also bears their name.

The potential 2023 graduate is New Jersey offensive lineman John Olmstead, who committed to Notre Dame, becoming the sixth member of the Irish's 2019 recruiting class. Olmstead is one of the better offensive linemen prospects in the country, checking in at No. 18 at that position in 247sports.com's rankings and the No. 169 player overall. 

Olmstead is a four-star recruit and chose Notre Dame over Michigan and Rutgers, two schools that have been active in New Jersey in recent years, among others.

"I just love the whole (school) overall," Olmstead told 24/7sports.com about Notre Dame before he made his decision. "The tradition, the faith, the family aspect of the school. I have a good relationship with those coaches."