Sunday, October 7, 2012
Kelly, Irish embracing spotlight
By Matt Fortuna
The noise coach Brian Kelly always talks about grows louder with each Notre Dame win, but it will be a welcome distraction this week.
At 5-0 and ranked No. 7 in the nation, the Irish will host No. 17 Stanford along with "College GameDay" for their Saturday showdown, and Kelly and his program are not shying away from the big stage.
"You want to be in that group of football programs that has 'College GameDay' on your campus," Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. "You want to be that program that appeals to the audience that we're out recruiting. We saw those uniforms, and we got great feedback for those.
"So I think you want to be in that in-crowd. You don't want to be on the other side looking in. All those things are great. We're excited about the spotlight being here at South Bend and on our program. We'll deal with it this week to keep our guys on task."
It's not as if the Irish have been starving for attention, anyway, especially after three straight prime-time wins.
NFL Films has also been following the program recently for a to-be-released television special.
"It's a [day in the life] of the Notre Dame football program, so it's kind of business as usual," Kelly said. "But having said that, we'll have to remind 18-to-21 year-olds about how they got here and continue that same message."
Injury updates: Irish pass-catchers took a beating Saturday night, but none are expected to miss any time. Kelly said that Theo Riddick (bone bruise on elbow), Tyler Eifert (three stitches in elbow), TJ Jones (ankle) and John Goodman (back) all nursed injuries throughout the win over Miami.
What uniforms? Kelly was asked nearly 17-minutes into his call about his plans for next year's "Shamrock Series" uniforms. "This is the first question that was actually brought up about the uniforms, which goes to show: If you win, everything's great; if you lose, you hate them."