The newspaper Indiana Catholic and Record of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis stated that the real losers in Brennan’s firing were “priests and laymen of Notre Dame, who were trying to rebuild the public image of Notre Dame from football, successfully. , we believe in the factory for a first-class university.”
Terence Patrick Brennan was born on June 11, 1928, in Milwaukee. He was a high school soccer star, then made the Notre Dame lineup as a freshman in 1945, when most regulars were serving in World War II.
In the post-war years, Notre Dame, led by quarterback Johnny Lujack, fought with the military for college football supremacy. Brennan, playing on both offense and defense, made a key play in his 1946 game at Yankee Stadium, a matchup of unbeaten squads, intercepting a halfback substitute pass by Senna’s Glenn Davis at the Irish 8-yard line late in the first period. . The teams drew 0–0, but Notre Dame was elected the national champion.
In a 1947 Senna game, Brennan ran the opening kickoff for 97 yards for a touchdown and scored again on a 3-yard run in the first period, sending Notre Dame to a 27–7 victory and another national title. .
He led the Irish in receiving and scoring in 1946 and ’47, and he ran for 1,269 career yards, but knee problems kept him away from a pro football career.
Brennan coached Chicago’s Mount Carmel High School to three consecutive Catholic League championships while earning a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago, then became Leahy’s new coach in 1953. Leahy developed health problems that season, leading to his retirement.
Brennan had trouble entering the stadium at Notre Dame for his first home game as head coach against Texas, when he encountered traffic obstacles. “The police would not let me down Notre Dame Avenue, nor would they believe I was the head coach,” he once recalled. “I think I looked too young.”