Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The school has a comprehensive and nationally competitive Division I athletic program, but it is most famous for its football program. Notre Dame fielded its first football team in 1879. With eleven consensus NCAA football championships, over 800 all time wins, seven Heisman Trophy winners, famous head coaches, a 74.4% winning percentage and the most consensus All-Americans of any school, Notre Dame football is considered one of the most storied programs in the history of college football.
In addition to having the oldest university marching band in the country, the school has many rivalries in football, the most famous ones being with USC, Navy, Michigan State, Boston College, Army, Purdue, and Michigan. Notre Dame played in arguably the greatest and most watched college football game in history: the famous (or infamous) 10-10 tie against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in 1966. Other Notre Dame rivalries include those with Stanford, and Pittsburgh.
The football program is also known for ending the Oklahoma NCAA record winning streak of 47 games. The streak-ending game was 7-0 victory for the Fighting Irish on November 9, 1957. Incidentally, Oklahoma's 28-21 loss to Notre Dame to open the 1953 season was the last loss before the beginning of the streak.
Charlie Weis was appointed head football coach in December 2004, and since has lead the Irish's back to national prominence, taking them to a Fiesta Bowl appearance in his first season and a Sugar Bowl appearance in his second season as Notre Dame's head coach. On October 28, 2005, his contract was extended through 2015.