As for that game, the fun ended seconds after the team ran onto the field in what wound up a 42-14 massacre in favor of the Crimson Tide.
One part of that game that still gets mentioned by not just Notre Dame fans but college football fans all over is when legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger pointed out Katherine Webb, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s then-girlfriend, in the stands.
Musburger joined Matt Fortuna and Pete Sampson on “The Shamrock” podcast this week and shared how he still jokes with Kelly about that to this day.
“Coach Kelly, who I know very well, now down at LSU having left Notre Dame,” he said. “I still tease him when he got blown out by Alabama in the national championship game, I took all the heat off him because I called a beauty queen beautiful. I was the villain that night in the eyes of the media, especially the woke journalists in some of the papers around the country.
“And, I say, ‘Coach, you’d have been under the gun if it wasn’t for me.’ And he laughs. He’s a good old politician. We’ll see what he does.” – Brent Musburger
Who says romance doesn’t exist? A decade later McCarron and Webb are married with three kids.