Another long season
Say this much for Chuck Martin: When someone hires the Notre Dame offensive coordinator for a season, he tends to make that season last as long as possible.
When Martin was coaching at Division II’s Grand Valley State — first as an assistant, then the head coach — he was part of six trips to the national title game in nine years, winning the crown in four of those seasons.
And now in his third season at Notre Dame, Martin is again coaching in the final game: The top-ranked Fighting Irish play No. 2 Alabama for the BCS national title on Monday night.
“It doesn’t feel any different,” Martin said. “I know everybody says, ‘Well, it’s a bigger stage,’ and it’s not. It’s a football game and it’s a national championship game, and fortunately for me it’s seven times in 12 years we’ve gotten to go try to win it all. It’s been a good time — more fun than we should be allowed to have, actually.”