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Notre Dame Media Relations Guru John Heisler Out After 40 Years

Notre Dame Senior Associate AD/Media & Broadcast Relations John Heisler , who may have "done more in promoting, polishing and protecting Notre Dame’s legend and lore than anyone else," is no longer with the school, according to Bill Moor of the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE. Heisler, who was with Notre Dame for 40 years, was the "go-to guy for journalists from all over the country who put South Bend in their datelines and John on their speed dial." He said that he has "taken a leave of absence even though he admits he won’t be returning to Notre Dame." Reports said that a "senior-level reorganization" had no role for Heisler. Several sources have since "confirmed it." He apparently was "not offered any comparable position at the university." In recent years -- as his role "emphasized content creation" -- Heisler often told Notre Dame stories himself in "books, special edition magazines, the university’s sports website and his regular musings called Daily Dish and Sunday Brunch." He provided "perspective on the Notre Dame way" (SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE, 1/14). Author John Feinstein tweeted, "Today's bad news: Notre Dame has apparently 'let go,' John Heisler--associate AD who has only been at school for FORTY ONE years! John is as good as it gets; should have been AD and now the heinous Jack Swarbrick is apparently trying to save a few bucks by dumping him. Ludicrous" (TWITTER.com, 1/11).