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Kelly doesn’t know if hoax affected Teo’s play

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o goes down on the sideline as he attempts to tackle Alabama's T.J. Yeldon. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o goes down on the sideline as he attempts to tackle Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon. (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly spoke with reporters today for the first time since the Irish lost 42-14 to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

He talked about linebacker Manti Te’o, whose dead girlfriend turned out to be a hoax.

“Hindsight is 20-20. I didn’t think going into the game he was affected by it. But he didn’t play his best. Alabama had something to do with that, clearly. But I really don’t know,” Kelly said. “It’s a lot to weigh on the shoulders of somebody. I think we can make the leap that maybe it did. But I think Manti would know for sure.”

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Like Saban at Alabama, Kelly followed a process to resurect Notre Dame

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — It’s something less than a secret that Alabama and Notre Dame share plenty of similarities. Both teams are defensive-minded with superstars at linebacker. Both teams are historical comeback. And both teams had to mount a comeback effort to get where they are now.

After a 17-year wait, Nick Saban brought a national championship back to Alabama in 2009, and Monday night, the Tide will go for its third in four years. Notre Dame hasn’t played for a crown since winning the 1988 national title.

How did they do it? Saban introduced The Process, founded on key elements such as discipline, pride, toughness, winning the fourth quarter and not allowing players to get caught up in results.

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly has his own process.

“Well, I think it starts with setting a clear goal for the program,” Kelly said. “You know, really what is it; are we here to get to a bowl game, or are we here to win national championships?

“So the charge immediately was to play for championships and win a National Championship. So I think setting the bar.”

Much like Saban, the winning came after establishing a new mindset.

“And then I really think it’s about winning and winning in everything that you do,” Kelly said. “If I asked everybody out here, what do you know about winning, most would understand that you put more points on the board. There’s so much more to it than that; it’s morale, it’s the right people, it’s creating an atmosphere where when your players come to the football building they enjoy being there.

“So I think if I would probably say one thing, it’s about setting the bar and what that expectation is, win a National Championship, and then create a winning atmosphere on a day-to-day basis.”

Contributed by Brett Hudson

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Photographers, videographers clash while shooting Nick Saban (video)

The day before the BCS National Championship Game, the two coaches attend a morning news conference, speaking to the press and posing for photos.

They also pose for shots with the USA Today coaches’ poll trophy, and this morning, photographers and videographers jockeyed for room to shoot pictures of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.

Former Daily Bama Blog editor Michael Casagrande captured the moment on video for us:

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You may not think Notre Dame coordinator’s joke is that funny

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin had a little fun with the reporters covering his news conference today. He’s got a sharp, fast sense of humor, but Alabama fans might not think he was very funny this morning.

Martin shook it up the typical say-nice-things-about-everybody formula when asked about how Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway is the only freshman quarterback to win a major college national championship in the modern era. Martin’s quarterback, Everett Golson, is a redshirt freshman.

However, when Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was at Grand Valley State and Martin was his offensive coordinator, the Lakers won a Division II national title with then-freshman Cullen Finnerty at quarterback. After the season, Kelly left for Central Michigan, and Martin coached the team as Finnerty quarterbacked the Lakers to titles in 2005 and 2006. Martin pointed out Finnerty when asked about freshmen quarterbacks winning championships.

“He went on to win three, so we’re hoping history repeats itself,” Martin said with a smile. “Everybody is worried about that next one, we’re trying to make this the first of three, actually.”

With his audience caught a little bit off guard, Martin added, “No one thought that was coming out today, huh? You guys are all way too short-minded with your thinking. Trying to think big picture here.”

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Associated Press story on Saban’s visit to Big Apple

In this photo provided by NASDAQ, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, left, poses with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly outside of the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York on Wednesday. (AP photo by NASDAQ, Zef Nikolla)

Alabama coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly attended a news conference Wednesday in New York, and you can click hereto read The Associated Press’ report.

Here’s a taste:

NEW YORK — Brian Kelly and Nick Saban expect many restless nights between now and the BCS championship game Jan. 7.

Kelly and top-ranked Notre Dame play Saban and No. 2 Alabama in Miami. The coaches appeared together at a news conference Wednesday at the Nasdaq stock exchange in Times Square.

“And in keeping with the venue where we are, you have two blue chip stocks that are going to go against each other,” Kelly said.

Asked what about their opponent will keep them up at night, Kelly and Saban both said there is plenty to worry about.

“Are you kidding me? Really?” Kelly said. “Everything about them.”

Saban’s response: “For me, I never sleep well, so Notre Dame is just the excuse now.”

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Notre Dame’s bowl prep sounds a lot like Alabama’s

Notre Dame is handling the long break between the regular season and the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game about like Alabama is.

Then again, Irish coach Brian Kelly talked to other coaches about how to deal with the layoff, and more than one team has examined the way Nick Saban and his staff prepare for the BCS game. After all, he is 3-0 in national title contests.

Click here to read an Associated Press story about Notre Dame’s preparations. Here’s a small taste:

Last week and this week, Irish players have been focusing on conditioning, weightlifting and school work. It’s a chance for players who may have lost a few pounds to get back up to weight and gain strength, he said. Notre Dame will hold its first practices on Friday and Saturday, then hold six more practices before players head home Dec. 21. They’ll return to campus for practices Dec. 28-31, and then leave for Miami on Jan. 2. They will practice three times in Florida before the game.

The early practices will have a preseason camp feel stressing fundamentals and giving younger players more work, then begin to fine tune the practices for Alabama as the game draws nearer, Kelly said.

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Alabama’s Nick Saban, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly on ESPN

This is the video of ESPN interviews with Alabama’s Nick Saban and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly after finding out their teams officially made the BCS National Championship Game.

Saban did his interview while attending the team banquet in Birmingham.

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