An Origin Story: Notre Dame’s Post-Season Mustaches


Link Jarrett didn’t know.

Not that the latest iteration of the “Top Gun” movie is at the genesis of Notre Dame’s history.

Jarrett simply acknowledged that his players were avoiding him two weeks ago at Georgia Southern, site of the Statesboro Regional Tournament of the NCAA Tournament, as the Fighting Irish prepared to embark on what has become a post-season journey. monumental and record season.

“When we went to practice in Statesboro, and we have facial hair policies, what we do is not rocket science, but I’m not big on hanging beards,” Jarrett said Wednesday at the inside the Irish Players Lounge, shortly before their departure for the College World Series. “We kind of keep control.

“We walk into practice, and I see someone walk in, and they don’t really want to say, ‘Hey, Coach, how are you?’ [and look me in the eyes]. Here is another. I think it was Dave (LaManna), I said, ‘Dave, what’s going on?’ It was (LaManna and Spencer) Myers. ‘What’s up with the mustaches?’ And it was, ‘Coach, these are our post-season mustaches. Top Gun stuff. Upper gun.’ I was like, ‘They had them in the new Top Gun?’ They were like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ And here come another guy and another guy. Here they are.”

Unsurprisingly for Jarrett’s meticulous, detail-oriented and process-driven schedule, the Irish had even spotted the nuances of “Top Gun” stains – from this year’s version to the original 1986 film.

“They were watching ‘Top Gun’, Jarrett recalled. “I think Nick Juaire and Liam (Simon) made the difference between the new ‘Top Gun’ and the old ‘Top Gun’. I guess there are whiskers involved in this.

LaManna, among the heroes of the Notre Dame de Knoxville Super Regional triumph that stunned and ousted Tennessee’s No. 1 seed, wasn’t sure how the conversation would go with Jarrett two weeks ago on the eve of the opening of the NCAA tournament at Notre-Dame. against Texas Tech.

“I thought he was either going to be in,” said LaManna, his two-run outburst Sunday game tyer and precursor to Jack Brannigan’s season-extending homer, “or not to be in but unless allowed, or I thought that it was going to be banned.

“He loved them, and we still ride them here.”

Jarrett had fresh in his mind the team’s disappointment as it had been inexplicably overlooked to host a regional first round and similarly not selected as the Top 16 national seed – despite a No. 12 RPI after the ACC Tournament, a 6-1 slate against Big Ten haters and ACC regular season and postseason top four.

“You have a decision to make when you know the guys, they were a little frustrated,” Jarrett said. “You have to remember what it was like in this room, on this show, Monday at 12:24, we were sitting right here, but there are many Mondays I could tell these guys were upset to have to come down the low.”

So Jarrett relaxed the team’s facial hair policy he adopted three years ago after being hired at the top of the program.

Now? These upper lip accessories aren’t going anywhere.

“And you know what, let’s go,” Jarrett said. “I haven’t (grown one), so I just didn’t. I probably wouldn’t look too good with one, but at this point, I’m not kidding about it.

“So that’s where it came from.”


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