Brian Kelly: Beating SEC team key to Notre Dame rebuilding

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly was in Huntsville this afternoon speaking to the North Alabama chapter of the Notre Dame Club. He seems like high quality individual who might be the right guy to turning Notre Dame back into a powerhouse in college football.

Before he can do that, Kelly was clear about what it’ll take before the nation recognizes the Fighting Irish as the super power it once was.

“Notre Dame will be taken serious when they beat an SEC team,” he said.

Kelly also said he’d like to renew some of rivalries with SEC schools like Alabama and Tennessee, but scheduling is a delicate dance. Alabama hasn’t played the Irish since 1987 and still holds a 1-5 record against the team in South Bend.

Read more in tomorrow’s print edition to see Kelly’s connections to the state of Alabama, the challenges of recruiting down yonder and much, much more!

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