SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame is one of the most historic programs in college football. It doesn’t take long to get to the Fighting Irish on a list of the sport’s most notable teams, no matter how you cut it.Notre Dame is incredibly unique in its history and its status as an independent in a sport where the Power Five conferences dominate the landscape. The program also has a national fan base very different than just about every other major school.If you’re reading this website, you probably know one more thing about Notre Dame football… people don’t like the Irish very much.Ahead of the start of the 2019 season, USA Today published a ranking of the top 25 programs by likeability, and Notre Dame came in dead last.Using the teams in the preseason coaches poll, USA Today ranked the programs from most to least likeable. Oklahoma came in at No. 1, with its fun offense, and likeable coach-quarterback combo of Lincoln Riley and Jalen Hurts, who handled his move from Alabama about as well as one can imagine.Meanwhile, Notre Dame comes in below Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State. From USA Today:For this list last year, we argued the Fighting Irish need to join a conference, and that is still unquestionably our position going into the 2019 season — especially if they’d like another trip to the College Football Playoff. Last year, they were undefeated in the regular season with not the toughest schedule and generally deserved a playoff appearance. And then they blew it, getting wrecked by Clemson in the semifinals.They don’t have a grueling conference schedule to survive, they don’t have a conference title game to play in — a loss will almost always keep a team out of the playoff — and they shouldn’t get another shot at the playoff until they join a conference or win with a tougher schedule.There are certainly reasons to dislike Notre Dame, and the conference situation can be one, but the schedule weakness bit doesn’t really hold up.The Fighting Irish typically have a rough slate of annual rivals. Last season, a number of them faltered, giving them a pretty easy group, but entering 2019, Michigan and Georgia both pop up as other College Football Playoff contenders, as well as trendy ACC Coastal pick Virginia, a talented USC squad that usually plays ND tough, and rival Stanford, one of the more steady programs in the country.Anti-Notre Dame sentiment is prevalent and fine, but the reasoning here seems a bit off.[USA Today]
The teenager had threatened to kill the mother-of-two in social media posts and had told friends he also planned to murder his head of year and another teacher and her unborn baby.This month, an investigation into her death by the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LCSB) was criticised by Mr Maguire – who has called for a serious case review into his wife’s death.He told the Victoria Derbyshire programme the “disappointing” review left no-one better informed about what had happened and was a “massively missed opportunity to learn lessons”. Mr Maguire said: “This shouldn’t be about trying to make everything seem okay and hoping it doesn’t happen again.“They’re going through all this time and expense to find partial answers to these questions. If we really want to learn and protect teachers and pupils we have to know every detail of this case.“For a teacher to be murdered by a pupil in a classroom in the UK means it should be treated in the most serious of manners. We have a duty as a nation to find out as much as we possibly can because its only then we know we have learned the lessonsMr Maguire Mrs Maguire was killed in the classroom at the school where she had taught for more than 40 yearsCredit: PA Lives are at risk in British schools, said the husband of murdered teacher Ann Maguire as he criticised a review into her death.Don Maguire told the BBC he felt the “bare minimum” had been done in producing a report that found her death could not have been predicted or pre-empted.And he said until all the circumstances which led to Mrs Maguire’s death are known, it will not be possible to protect teachers and pupils.Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed during a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, by student Will Cornick. “These kinds of learning lessons reviews are always done when terrible events happen, and the departments always say it could have been prevented but not predicted. It feels like they’ve done the bare minimum.”The report by independent reviewer Nick Page, who interviewed the teenager, concluded: “No individual other than Will Cornick should in any way feel responsible for Ann’s murder.”Mr Page’s review said there were no warning signs known to staff or other agencies before Cornick went to school on April 28 2014 armed with a craft knife and a kitchen knife and attacked his teacher.He suggested there were a “number of suggested refinements to practice” at the school, but added: “This is in no way to suggest that if implemented previously, they would have prevented Ann’s murder. Cornick was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to the murderCredit: PA “What is clear to me, as the reviewer, is that no one could have predicted or pre-empted Will Cornick’s attack on Ann Maguire.”But Mr Maguire said: “This was a disaffected youth with an agenda, it was premeditated and planned. We have a duty as a nation to find out as much as we possibly can because its only then we know we have learned the lessons.”I think it needs to be looked at from a national governmental point of view and there should have been a full inquiry into it ordered in the first place.”Mark Peel, independent chairman of the LCSB, which commissioned the review, said he fully accepted the findings when the report was published.Cornick was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to the murder, which was the only time a teacher has been killed by a pupil in a UK school.Mr Maguire added: “We need someone to be brave and say, ‘Let’s look at this properly and not leave anything unchecked’.”It shouldn’t have happened and we need to guarantee it doesn’t happen again.”A full inquest into Mrs Maguire’s death is expected to take place in 2017. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.