Dec. 29, 2012 8:22 PM Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied! Print The Irish. The Tide. The Tribune’s Legends Series. 1 Notre Dame legend: Knute Rockne Notre Dame legend: Knute Rockne After Knute Rockne ascended to the head coaching job at Notre Dame in 1917 — he had accepted a graduate student post on the condition he could help then-coach Jesse Harper — Irish football was never the same. 2 Alabama legend: Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant Alabama legend: Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant To get to the football offices at Alabama, a trip down Paul W.