Kelly faces strategic tug-of-war vs. Orange

Elkhart Truth photo/Russ DraperGetting more players more involved is part of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's plan going forward. The 1-3 Fighting Irish face 2-2 Syracuse at noon Saturday (ESPN) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

NOTRE DAME — After the events of this past week, Brian Kelly faces a strategic tug-of-war Saturday against Syracuse unlike any put before him during his seven seasons coaching football at Notre Dame.

Kelly made a difficult but necessary move last Sunday when he launched his restoration project by firing his defensive coordinator and vowing to finally take a keener interest in improving a defensive unit that dragged down this Irish program for most of the last three seasons under Brian VanGorder.

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