Kelly: I believe we can do here at Notre Dame what they've done at Alabama


Brian Kelly fielded questions for an hour's time Thursday night on a national radio broadcast.

That's nothing new for the Irish coach but the format was.

Hosted by 1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, Kelly took part in a Town Hall at Notre Dame Stadium with Sirius XM Subscribers where he received questions from fans.

About 30 ND fans took part in the intimate gathering which was broadcast nationwide on Sirius XM Channel 91.

Some of the most intriguing interactions occurred when the broadcast wasn't even on the air. The very first question before the show started was "will there be field turf at ND Stadium?"

Of course that was the first question.

"We're going to put in a retractable roof actually," Kelly said to laughter.

During commercials, Kelly tackled hard hitting questions like why he was wearing yellow socks (his tailor says they match). He also Brown tips on how to throw out a first pitch (Brown will do that Friday night at the Texas Rangers game).

When the broadcast began, the first question was no surprise. Kelly was asked what made him decide to stay at Notre Dame after flirting with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I think it was more intrigue than it was interest," Kelly explained. "I was able to get the information necessary to understand the pro game. It really solidified in my mind why I want to be a college football coach."

And there's no college job--when things are going well---better than Notre Dame.

"Now that we're back relevant right?" Brown said sarcastically.

"We were irrelevant, relevant. I guess when we were irrelevant--we did pretty good too," Kelly responded.

Kelly pointed out how almost none of the questions this year were about the quarterbacks and how if this was a year ago, every question would be.

Brown did ask Kelly about Golson's growth this spring.

"I've seen a maturity level," Kelly responded. "He benefits from smelling the air of being on Notre Dame's campus. Being around the students, being around his teammates."

Kelly feels Golson's growth mirrors that of the program---growing to become an elite program on a year in and year out basis like Alabama.

"Look at five or six years ago--they were on the path to where they are now," Kelly explained. "I think we are on a similar path. We're building a foundation for that success. I believe we can do here at Notre Dame what they are doing at Alabama."

By the end of the show there really was only one question left to answer.

"How many wins are you guys going to end up with in 2013?" Brown asked.

"13," Kelly said to applause. "That's the only answer!"

13 of course would result in a national championship for the Irish.

Notre Dame hosts the 84th version of the Blue-Gold Game Saturday at the Stadium. Kickoff is at 1pm.


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