Sept. 17, 2003

Irish fans have until 4:15 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday to bid on an a stylish, adidas apparel package as part of the auction, which can be found at

Other items, currently available for big through mid-day on Friday include:

  • An autographed football, personalized by Irish head football coach Tyrone Willingham
  • A complete set of authentic Notre Dame Gameday Football Posters
  • A Notre Dame Football Game Program pack

Proceeds from this auction benefit the Rockne Heritage Fund. The Rockne Heritage Fund is the first scholarship fund ever named for the famed Notre Dame football coach, the first fund designated solely for all sports at Notre Dame, and already the most prominent scholarship fund created to improve the experience of the entire student-athlete population at the University.

The auction is part of a nationwide program with eBay Sports and OCSN, which partners with Notre Dame and 144 university athletic departments and conferences to manage and maintain Official Athletic Sites.

During the season, college football fans who show team spirit by buying licensed merchandise and memorabilia will make their dollars go the distance. From September through December, eBay Sports will track the amount of money collectively spent per team and release weekly top 25 standings. When the contest ends in January 2004, eBay will give the school that generates the most in sales a $25,000 donation to be used toward a scholarship-scoring a major victory for education.