Brian Kelly responds to allegations against one of his players

A St. Mary's student who allegedly took her own life after overdosing on pills in early September, previously told police she had been sexually assaulted by a Notre Dame football player---the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

Irish football coach Brian Kelly responded Sunday afternoon in his day after the game conference call, stating that he could not give any details because it is a university matter.

Kelly was asked when he learned of the situation, if he's talked to the player in question and why the player is still playing. Kelly responded each time stating that it was something the university would handle.

"From my standpoint as the head football coach I think it was made clear that they university is going to deal with any matters of this nature," Kelly explained. "One of the reasons I came to Notre Dame is I have the same standards that our university does. We are in lock step relative to our standards that we hold here at Notre Dame. For me, that's all I can give you relative to the specifics."

Kelly said there is a process going on and that the university is handiing it.

"That process is in place," Kelly continued. "It's to dispell rumors and misinformation and get to the facts and that's what our university is doing."

Kelly was asked about the commandents he has posted in the Notre Dame locker room, one of which deals with how to treat woman.

"I'm a father. I have a daughter," Kelly said. "Those are very, very important things to me and very, very important to the culture within our football program."

"I Can tell you what I believe as a parent, I can tell you what I believe as a football coach. The commandments that we have are very very important. I've been a head football coach for 20 years and I can tell you emphatically that I want the right kind of guys. Those values are important to me--they've been the cornerstone of everything I've done in my football program. I will continue to do that here at the university of Notre Dame."

In the wake of the Declan Sullivan tragedy, Kelly was asked about his team being able to handle distractions, big and small, all season.

"I inherited a lot of things when I came to Notre Dame," Kelly explained. "What I didn't inherit... were kids that were not great kids. I got great kids. They show that everyday to me the way they come to work, the way they go class. They've been able to handle adversity very very well."

Notre Dame defeated Army Saturday night at Yankee Stadium to improve to 6-5 on the season and become bowl eligible.


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