Thanks to Manti Te'o and Brian Kelly, Notre Dame football is back — for now
By Michael Weinreb on October 23, 2012
Some 30 minutes after the Fighting Irish had squeezed out their seventh victory of the season, scratching back from a 14-7 halftime deficit, Brian Kelly emerged, attired in a natty gray suit. His face, in tandem with his shirt, was a distinct shade of fuchsia, and his hair was still damp from the shower; his mood appeared rather buoyant. The Notre Dame locker room, he said, was surprisingly dour after the win over BYU, and so he felt obligated to give a pep talk to a team that was still undefeated and seemed to have missed the larger point of this exercise. "I wanted them to know, 'Listen, you can't always win games by 28 and 30 points,'" he said. "'You just need to find ways to win. That's who we are. Embrace who you are,' is what I'm saying.