than any other ex-ND coach, relative to where he stood while he was still at ND. He had a very hard act to follow in Parseghian, and was found wanting in several aspects of that comparison -- most notably W-L record, winning percentage, national championships, and charisma. Few shed any tears when Devine announced the 1980 season would be his last. But all it really took was Gerry Faust to make people realize what we'd lost when Devine left ND.
It sounds like Devine realized and appreciated the new-found appreciation for his efforts. I hope so. He deserved it. RIP. (He passed away in May 2002.)