Brian Kelly talks: My heart is with college football and Notre Dame
Posted: 01/29/2013 at 11:00 am
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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks during NCAA college football media day, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
On National Championship Game:
• “On that day, Alabama was the winner by 28 points. And it’s our job to begin work on how to close that gap.”
• “Three years ago we didn’t have one player on our roster who had beaten a top 25 team.”
On the NFL and the Eagles
• Said Eagles interview was really a discussion with Jeff Lurie. “The discussion was more about intrigue on my part.”
• Kelly said if he were to things differently, he would have come out with a statement sooner after the Eagles interview.
• “My heart is with college football and Notre Dame.”
Kelly to team about Eagles interview:
“They wanted to know if I was going to be their coach. I am going to be their coach for a long time.”
On Manti Te’o story:
“Every little thing that has come out of the past couple of weeks is what he told me.”
On first reaction to learning of Kekua hoax:
“Let’s find out what the heck is going on here.”
On Te’o and his Irish legacy:
“He’ll be, in my eyes, one of the very great teammates I’ve ever had in 22 years of coaching.”
On if hoax affected Te’o’s play:
“Hindsight is 20/20. I didn’t think going into the game he was affected, but he didn’t play his best.”
On Jamoris Slaughter’s appeal:
“We just don’t have an answer at this point.” Hopeful to hear something before end of recruiting.
On ND player developments:
• Bennett Jackson had surgery for labrum tear in shoulder. Dan Fox had a similar surgery and likely will not practice in spring.
• Said “all indications” says safety Austin Collinsworth should be ready for spring practice.
• Said center Matt Hegarty may be cleared soon, not confident that OT Tate Nichols can return and that CB Lo Wood is progressing “really well.”
• Said Carlo Calabrese, Dan Fox, Jarrett Grace are the front runners for middle linebacker position this spring.
SID Brian Hardin leaving:
“I gotta tell you, he’s the best in the business. We’re certainly going to miss him.”