A slate of games against ACC opponents -- amid the back-drop of conference expansion, no less -- has given way to even more talk about Notre Dame's football future.
During his Thursday radio show at Legends of Notre Dame, Kelly once again re-iterated his stance when asked if Notre Dame would ever join a conference.
"Well never's a tough word," Kelly said. "I think that the super-conferences are here to stay. I don't think that's gonna change. We're seeing the models coming together right now -- 14, 16 teams in a conference. So we feel like we're still in a solid position as an independent. We feel like we have a great schedule we can play every year. ... Certainly the Big East has been a great home for [our other sports], but those aren't my decisions. I can tell you from a football standpoint we're on top of it. But again, I think we're in a pretty good position right now to be independent."
Once again, the subject of a potential Jumbotron at Notre Dame Stadium came up as well, with Kelly only saying: "It's on order. How about that? It's on order."
Earlier, Kelly began his post-practice session with reporters by providing an obligatory Ethan Johnson update without being asked, simply stating that the senior defensive end is progressing.
Johnson has not played since the first snap Oct. 1 at Purdue, when he sprained his right ankle. He dressed for the past two games, but was held out both times.
Notes: Kelly said freshman Everett Golson was named offensive scout team player of the week for his role in simulating Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price. ... The coach also said freshman defensive back Eilar Hardy (knee surgery) should return to the team at full strength this spring.