John Heisler | September 27, 2018
College football generally is serious business – especially like it is this week in South Bend and Palo Alto with two top-eight teams preparing for a Notre Dame Stadium showdown Saturday night with early-season College Football Playoff implications.
Yet when your team is 4-0, it's a bit easier to smile – as Irish head coach Brian Kelly discovered Tuesday.
With assembled media members doing their best to dream up ways to question Kelly about Ian Book and Brandon Wimbush and the Irish plans to utilize them, longtime Notre Dame football follower and media member Tim Prister acknowledged Kelly's postgame remarks from Winston-Salem when the Irish coach said he had not slept well the night before his team's game at Wake Forest, knowing he was replacing a starting quarterback (Wimbush) who was 3-0 in 2018.
Said Prister, "If you thought starting Book was controversial last week, try not starting him this week."
Retorted Kelly, "Well, thanks for the advice. Appreciate that. It's not often I get it here.
"I usually get it at home, but getting it here is quite nice, too.
"It's a full-time job."
Book's impressive play Saturday made that exchange as accurate as it was enjoyable. And Kelly, like a handful of his colleagues with highly rated teams, now believes he has not one but two quarterbacks he is convinced can help his squad win football games.
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