Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

November 19, 2012

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: Kelly: No. 1 Irish will keep their focus sharp

GOSHEN — It was quite a party at Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s house Saturday night as the Irish mentor and a group of family and friends watched the dominoes fall that led to Notre Dame ascending to the No. 1 spot in both polls on Sunday.

No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both lost Saturday night after Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest, 38-0.

But when all was said and done, Kelly and his team are back to work getting ready for this Saturday’s season finale on the road at USC.

A visit to the training room on Sunday made the Irish coach feel pretty good about his team’s focus.

“I kind of wanted to get a sense,” Kelly said during a conference call with the media on Sunday. “I was down in the training room when the guys were popping in today.  They all to a man know that it doesn’t mean much if you’re No. 1 for just three or four days.  So they understand the importance of the USC game. I was happy to see that they had that kind of maturity to know that it’s all about how we play against USC.”

Kelly voted his team No. 1 last week, and this week, the rest of his peers in the USA Today Coaches Poll agreed.

“I just felt like as it relates to our football team, I was just being consistent with my rankings.  I told our team that I felt like they were the best team in the country because I knew more about our team than the other two, and now we’ve been given this opportunity.  We’ve got to make the best out of it by beating USC.”

That, Kelly said, is something his team knows.

Meanwhile, Kelly made a low-key pitch for senior linebacker Manti Te’o to win the Heisman Trophy.

“I think he should win the Heisman Trophy, provided we continue to win, and as it relates to Manti, he doesn’t talk much about it,” Kelly said.  “He’s not focused on those things, he’s focused on the things that we all know that are important to him, and that is his team and how we play on Saturday. I’ll push for him.  I think he should win the Heisman.  But he’s not really focused on that.”

The Irish’s ascendancy to the top spot in the nation is sure to create even more buzz both on campus and in South Bend.

But Kelly and his Irish intend to keep their eyes on the prize.

“I’m sure there’s a great deal of excitement, but again, we’ve got to  hit the pause button here and realize that we’re not doing this to be No. 1 for three or four days; we’re doing this because we want a consistent program that is in the hunt every year,”  Kelly said.  

“That’s really the focus of this program.”

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Even Thibodeau can't defend this clunker

    Watching the Bulls play offense some nights

    April 21, 2014

  • Boston race makes room for those affected by bombs

    The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings

    April 21, 2014

  • Hawks Pacers Basketball-9 [Duplicate] Pacers seeking solution for Hawks 3-point shooters INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta's spread offense is forcing the Pacers to scramble. All-Star Paul George acknowledged he's likely to spend at least some time defending Hawks point guard Jeff Teague on Tuesday night, though it remains unclear how long he'll k

    April 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • GN140421 Sarah DeShone DeShone leaves a legacy at Ferris St. GOSHEN -- Ferris State University senior Sarah DeShone has accomplished something no one else has ever done in the history of women's basketball at the school. The Jimtown High School graduate has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Associat

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blackhawks Blues Hockey-6 [Duplicate] NHL: Blackhawks try to regain footing without Seabrook CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks felt the repercussions of Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes again on Sunday. How it affects the rest of their playoff series against the St. Louis Blues remains to be seen. Seabrook was suspended for three games by

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • GN140419 louie stout column mug OUTDOOR COLUMN: A steelhead run bonanza in Michiana Looking for a bright side to this ridiculous winter and spring weather? Look no farther than the St. Joseph River steelhead run. Apparently, this crazy spring weather has been just what the doctor ordered for steelhead anglers. It extended the run an

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • OUTDOOR COLUMN: Grackles: Like'em or leave 'em Seeing a grackle, I read in "Birds of America," is "one of the surer signs that spring is at hand. Surer, that is, than seeing a robin, a red-winged blackbird or a song sparrow. But I saw grackles last month, not long after I saw robins, redwings and

    April 20, 2014

  • GN140420 david vantress column mug THE SKINNY: Spring's arrival welcomed gratefuly GOSHEN Well, hello there, Indiana spring! Better late than never, I suppose. After probably the most brutal winter I have endured since first moving to the Midwest in 1998, spring has finally sprung across the area. Over the course of many years as a

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Broncos Manning Football [Duplicate] NFL: Manning meeting with Saban questioned ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Peyton Manning's never-ending quest to hone his game and Nick Saban's desire to decipher fast-paced offenses led to a recent meeting that the Crimson Tide coach called mutually beneficial. It also might have violated NFL rules be

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wizards Celtics Basketball-3 [Duplicate] [Duplicate] NBA: Resilient Bulls brace for next obstacle: Wizards DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Never mind all they overcame. The only obstacle that matters now for the Chicago Bulls is the one in front of them. The Bulls head into Sunday's playoff opener against the Washington Wizards as one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results