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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Brian Kelly radio show recap

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's winless record heading into Saturday's game with Michigan State didn't prevent the fans from coming out for Brian Kelly's weekly radio show Thursday night at Legends of Notre Dame.

Still, Kelly is hoping they will have something more to cheer about next week after the Fighting Irish go for win No. 1 against the Spartans.

"It takes you to that next level," Kelly said of a win. "It puts behind all of the disappointments, and I think it just gives you the energy that you need to continue in a long season. I think it's just our guys need a win, but not because they're lacking confidence."

Kelly said this week he pointed to Virginia Tech as a template for the Irish to bounce back from an 0-2 start. The Hokies lost their first two games last season before winning the ACC title and making a BCS game, the Orange Bowl.

To do that, of course, the Irish can't repeat their five-turnover performances from Weeks 1 and 2. Kelly stole a line from former USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay in describing his displeasure with turnovers.

"If we don't execute very well, I'm all in favor of executing all of our players who turn the ball over," Kelly joked.

(McKay had once famously responded to a question about his team's execution by saying: "I'm in favor of it.")

Kelly also wouldn't rule out Notre Dame wearing green jerseys again at some point this season, though they would probably be different from the throwbacks sported at Michigan.

"We have some opportunities we can do that," Kelly said. "We haven't made a decision yet, but that's definitely a possibility that we can see the green again."

The guess here is the Irish's Oct. 22 game against USC -- their first home night game in 21 years -- would make the most sense.

On the subject of jerseys (that seems to be the dominant conversation in college football now, doesn't it?), Kelly said Michigan's small numbers on the front of their throwback jerseys Saturday did not affect Notre Dame's defense.

"At the end of the day there might have been a play here and there, but nothing that impacted the game," he said.

Some other notes from Kelly: