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Notre Dame football exists only in history books

The House That Rockne Built, the monolith that bestrode the sport for eight decades, expired Friday when Urban Meyer turned down Notre Dame to go to Florida.

Updated: December 6, 2004, 3:59 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

History will record Dec. 3, 2004, as the day that Notre Dame football died. The Fighting Irish will still fight. The gold helmets will still reflect the Golden Dome. But the House That Rockne Built, the monolith that bestrode the sport for eight decades, expired Friday when Urban Meyer turned down Notre Dame to go to Florida.

That's Florida, whose winning tradition goes all the way back to 1990.

Notre Dame football, that national championship machine, exists only in the history books. ...

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