The University of Notre Dame football team is returning to the time-honored tradition of attending Mass before their Saturday home games. The move reverses the policy of Brian Kelly, head coach from 2009 to 2021, which moved the team’s Mass to Friday nights. Kelly is leaving South Bend to take the top coaching job at Louisiana State University.
The decision was made by the school’s incoming head coach, former NFL star Marcus Freeman. Freeman said that the Mass before home games was a tradition that made an impression on him 20 years ago when he visited the campus as a prospective student. When he returned last year to interview for the head coach position, he was surprised that it had been discontinued.