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Tuesdays with BK: Time for the Hurricanes

Oct 2, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

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Brian Kelly met with the media this afternoon, updating all of us on how the bye week went and his early thoughts on the 4-1 Miami Hurricanes that’ll join the Irish in Soldier Field this weekend.

It’s another prime time opportunity for the Irish to play a national opponent, and after five games, the ‘Canes look like a dangerous offensive opponent with a young and talented squad.

The whole press conference is available below, but here are a few things I found interesting.

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Many wondered whether or not sophomore Chase Hounshell was being kept off the field for strategic purposes, with hopes of saving a year of eligibility. It turns out that’s a moot point now, with the sophomore set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

“Chase is going to get surgery this week,” Kelly said. “We’re going to shut him down for the year.”

There were rumors of a shoulder injury floating around this summer for Hounshell, but he did see time against Navy in Dublin, playing a reserve role at the end of the game.We don’t know how serious Hounshell’s injury is, but he’ll now be eligible for a medical redshirt and a fifth season at Notre Dame.

The emergence of freshman Sheldon Day, and the fact that Hounshell backs up Stephon Tuitt, have limited his ability to take a step forward this season, but this seems like a perfect situation for Hounshell. Redshirting a sophomore isn’t a crazy idea, it’s something that’s utilized at other programs, and a move the Irish coaching staff would’ve liked to do last year with Kona Schwenke.

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If you’ve listened to Brian Kelly at all, you’ve heard him harp on “the process.” (He’s not alone, it’s also big with Nick Saban.) After two seasons where the W-L record didn’t reflect the progress that many felt was happening inside the Gug, Kelly was asking if he thought he was finally getting some of the results he expected.

Here are a few telling paragraphs from Kelly as he gives a status report on his team in the midst of his third season.

“Our guys have been committed to the process,” Kelly said. “It’s painstakingly slow, sometimes it’s quicker.  But they’ve been committed to the process.  It’s taking that and translating it to Saturdays.  And this group is translating it to Saturdays, at least for the first four weeks.  We’ll see what happens in week five.  But they’ve done a nice job of preparing and doing the things we’ve asked them to do.  We think we’re close to being consistent in that approach.  We’re not ready to say that we’ve arrived.  We’re still a group that has to show more consistency.

“You can’t win unless you eradicate all the things that go against it, and that is the process.  It’s looking at all of the things that go into winning.  If I asked you the question, what do you know about winning?  Well, you score more points.  Well, obviously you don’t know that there are so many factors that you have to concentrate on and the details on a day‑to‑day basis that goes to winning.

“That’s what I think people mean when they talk about the process.  Making sure you have your hand those things that go directly to win it.  Most of the time it’s eradicating those things that go to not winning more than anything else.  So I think that’s the process.”

Kelly’s done pretty well for himself in his third season at his different head coaching stops. At Central Michigan, he won nine games and the MAC conference. At Cincinnati, he ran the gauntlet and led the Bearcats to an undefeated 12-0 record. He’s off to a good start this season, and his overall record in year three is 31-7-2 (he was 6-3-2 at Grand Valley.)

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The Irish will have their second look at quarterback Stephen Morris, who came in as a reliever in the Sun Bowl and played a good game after the Irish jumped out to a 30-3 victory.

With Jacoby Harris gone, Morris is now unquestionably the leader of the Hurricanes offense, and after putting up an ACC record 566 yards, he’s thrown for a staggering 1,002 yards the last two Saturdays.

Kelly commented on the progress Morris has made since he last saw them.

“He looks like more of a veteran quarterback,” Kelly said of Morris. “He’s made big plays for them.  He’s also somebody that can be on the perimeter.  He can run.  They’ve run him the last couple of games.  Again, he’s somebody that obviously is playing really good football.”

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There’s been a lot of discussion on the Irish quarterbacking depth chart and after a bye week, Everett Golson hopes to go out against Miami and get right after playing his worst game in a Notre Dame uniform. With multiple quarterbacks playing in every game so far this season, for stability’s sake, getting a good performance from Golson would do a lot to move the Irish offense forward.

Kelly was asked about his young quarterback’s confidence after a tough Saturday and a long week off, and how he keeps Golson engaged moving forward with a lot of discussion about the state of the depth chart.

“That is player development at its core,” Kelly said. “So if you’re not having conversations with them about those kinds of games or preceding the lead‑up to those games, you’re not doing your job as a coach.  If you’re just going to let him sit by himself and figure it out on his own, I could just do something else.  So there are constant conversations about those things.  Eighteen to 21‑year‑olds sometimes don’t have answers of the questions that you may ask and I may ask.

“So it’s important that you’re communicating and working through any of those rough spots that every young player, whether he’s the quarterback or he’s the defensive back at Notre Dame, and that falls on the coaching staff.”

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  1. nudeman - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    No way this thread will outperform the previous one
    That was epic

    • heisenbyrg - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Yeah. Keith almost exploded the internet.

      • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

        Al Gore would have been pissed

      • phillyj - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:57 AM

        That was surely his intent. By implying that there’s a nascent QB controversy threatening to divide the team, he generated a little “buzz” for his blog. Love this site, but that last post from KA was borderline shameless.

    • ndgoldandblue - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Indeed.

    • ndfaithful - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      I’m still tired about that last one.

  2. irishinmich - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    A tad off topic, but has anyone been tracking the weather for Saturday night in Chicago? Looks like it is going to be down into the 40s. This could be an advantage for The Irish. I can’t help but remember The Sun Bowl from a couple years ago. The Hurricanes dressed like the game was being played at The Arctic Circle. They looked uncomfortable, and played accordingly. Just a thought. This bye week has felt like a month! Come on Saturday, hurry up already!

    Go Irish

    • jimbasil - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      I heard 40’s at game time. I don’t know if rain or clear.

      I did hear there will be two, continually refilled, cups of beer per student all game long. I’m not sure if that has any relation to weather, but it sure sounds like fun and vomit.

      • 9irish - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        That’s the biggest thing I like about the Shamrock Series (and the games “at” Navy)…Beer!

        Go Irish

  3. jimbasil - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Morris vs Harris. How does Morris stack up against Harris?

    I thought Harris was extremely inconsistent with his throws but had great athleticism.

    When I watched the Sun Bowl I thought Morris was just next version and younger version of Harris.

    When watching the NCSt. game it looked as though Morris had all day to choose his target therefore it was difficult to tell if he had gotten better.

  4. seadomer - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I stayed out of that one.

    Anyways, tough game cos I feel the other team has nothing to lose just like the way UW played Stanford.
    If ND wins convincingly and becos of this week’s slate of top ten games, ND may shoot as high as 6 or 7.
    At this point, its BCS or “whatever” bowl.

    Strangely, I might the only one but I have not jumped on the BCS bandwagon yet becos of past devastations. Although Miami is neither gators or noles, if ND wins convincingly then I am officially ON.

    • dudeacow - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      I haven’t jumped on it either, and I only will once ND is in one.

      • papadec - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        sea & dude – awwwww c’mon – hop on the bandwagon. There’s plenty of cold beer & room for two, or more. Unlike recruiting – there’s always room for more.

      • ndgoldandblue - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        There’s always room for Jell-O. Wait a minute…wrong blog.

    • Jennifer - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      Welcome aboard, seadomer. Been waiting for ya!

    • irish4006 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      seadomer, even if ND wins convincingly, what is this bandwagon you speak of that you need to be on? BCS cannot be a goal, the goal should be to win every game we play. If we end up losing a few here and there and end up in a ‘whatever’ bowl, so be it. That will only mean that we are not playing BCS caliber football yet. I don’t get this whole building up hype and expectation for a bowl game. The point is to build a team that will compete in every game they play, a team capable of winning a BCS bowl, not just somehow landing in one.

      We win 4 games in a row and we (including some bloggers we know; wink, wink) start talking about BCS, Heisman, NC, Mars Rover, anything and everything we can think of.

      Let’s beat Miami, Stanford, BYU first and put some fear into the rest of the opponents. Ranking, BCS, Swarbick for President, peace in the middle east etc. will take care of themselves with or without us constantly talking about them.

  5. idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Your moment of zen…(all times CST)

    Thursday — Ark. State @ Florida Int. — 6:30pm on ESPNU
    Thursday — USC @ Utah — 8:00pm on ESPN
    Friday — Pitt @ Syracuse — 6:00pm on ESPN
    Friday — Utah St. @ BYU — 9:15pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Navy @ Air Force — 10:30am on CBS
    Saturday — Northwestern @ Penn St. — 11:00am on ESPN
    Saturday — Uconn @ Rutgers — 11:00am on ESPNU
    Saturday — Arkansas @ Auburn — 11:00am on ESPN2
    Saturday — Boise St. @ Southern Miss — 11:00am on FoxSportsRegional
    Saturday — Mich. St. @ Indiana — 11:00am on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — Kansas @ Kansas State — 11:00am on FX
    Saturday — Towson @ James Madison — 12:00pm on NBCSN
    Saturday — Arizona @ Stanford — 2:00pm on Fox
    Saturday — LSU @ Florida — 2:30pm on CBS
    Saturday — Illinois @ Wisconsin — 2:30pm on ABC
    Saturday — Georgia Tech @ Clemson — 2:30pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Wake Forest @ Maryland — 2:30pm on ESPNU
    Saturday — Oklahoma @ Texas Tech — 2:30pm on ESPN2
    Saturday — Iowa St. @ TCU — 2:30pm on FoxSportsRegional
    Saturday — Michigan @ Purdue — 3:00pm on BigTenNetwork
    Saturday — West Virginia @ Texas — 6:00pm on Fox
    Saturday — Georgia @ South Carolina — 6:00pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Texas A&M @ Ole Miss — 6:00pm on ESPNU
    Saturday — Miami @ Notre Dame — 6:30pm on NBC
    Saturday — Nebraska @ Ohio State — 7:00pm on ABC
    Saturday — Florida State @ NC State — 7:00pm on ESPN2
    Saturday — Washington @ Oregon — 9:30pm on ESPN
    Saturday — Southern @ Alcorn St. — 9:30pm on ESPNU

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      I just realized, looking at the TV schedule for this week and the previous weeks that I’ve posted, almost every ND opponent is on national TV every week. BC is the only one missing this week and I think they’re on regionally with FoxSportsNet

  6. 808raiderinparadise - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    ND will run the ball well, this MIA defense is worse than NAVY. That will show and help Golson pick his spots downfield and have a nice game to build on lookin ahead.

    Defense will be its usual.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      I agree, and i think we’ll see a better mix of the three headed backfield. It seems that GAIII is the first to lose playing time when the running game doesn’t get going on the first play. So, i think that tomorrow will be a great opportunity for him and the two guys proverbially ahead of him.

      • nudeman - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Well he is the #3 RB, so that makes sense.
        Other points:
        1) As always running the ball is crucial this wk. Takes pressure off EG and keeps MIA QB off he field

        2) might this be the wk we finally see Amir?

        3) Would it kill them to run a couple flashy plays? A reverse, a HB pass, etc.

      • irish4006 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        Not a big fan of Riddick, he seems to be a lesser version of CW. I would be more excited to see GA III get a few more touches; we have seen flashes of brilliance from him, let’s see if he can do it consistently.

  7. seadomer - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I just realized what my weird feeling was, this is the first time since (I only started in 96) I can remember that other than MSU, we are higher ranked for ALL games in the season.
    Is that right?

  8. dudeacow - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Similar to scUM, we need to limit big chunk plays. I watched the NC St. game’s highlights and it seemed that their were 10 Miami plays that went for 40+ yards. It won’t happen if we bring pressure, though, which we’ve been pretty decent at this year.

    ND wins, 43-14

    • dudeacow - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Nevermind.

      ND wins 38-24

  9. loadofwash - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Domers get blown out quick!

    • papadec - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      load – nah – the hurricanes are little more than a Summer heat storm – a lot of flash, no real substance.

    • gigababe - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      What a “Load” of crap!

      WE ARE

  10. dbldmr - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Loadofwash, if ND doesn’t get blown out quickly (it’s an adverb, not the adjective you used) will you stop posting and go back to your cave? …or will we still have to deal with you?

    • ndgoldandblue - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      I agree. loadofwash adds nothing to this blog. Sinister, on the other hand, that guy is riot with his text message posts and overabundance of ellipses. Where’s he been?

      • ndgoldandblue - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        Edit–that guy is a riot. He isn’t riot, as in part of the band Quiet Riot. Although, that would be interesting.

  11. idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    The one thing that amazes me about loadofwash is that he spends so much time on the ND site. Why? I think that deep down he wants to be an irish fan.

    I already spend to much time on this site, can’t imagine spending additional time on hating our opponents.

    Load, if you want to join the irish faithful, stop by a confessional and make peace. Then get on board. You know you want it!

  12. loadofwash - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    25 yrs of history tell us the Irish suck

    • papadec - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      load – what about the other 100 years?

    • 808raiderinparadise - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      25 yrs tell you your a fool, the last 25 years would have us losing in 3OT to Navy, outplayed by Purdue and another OT loss to MSU and and giving up a lead to MICH for a loss…. so you have us at 0-4 with your concept of “thinking”…

      “loadofwash” tells us your mother is ready for you to clean her whites now. get off your moms couch.

  13. stealthy77 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I was a kid in the 80’s and watching this rivalry on the field made me love College Football. The funny thing is I couldn’t understand why the adults hated Notre Dame fans so much. Now I know why. You guys look down on your opponents after watching a few highlights on ESPN. Then you blab about how ND is this complete team that dominates in all facets of the game, when they’re actually a team with a dominant front seven surrounded by mediocrity on every level.

    I can’t wait to see Miami grind ND into dog meat. Of course you all are going to blame Kelly, or Golson when you should look in the mirror.

    • papadec - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      77 – what about the RBs & TEs? Dig your head out of your…………………

      • stealthy77 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

        The RB’s aren’t all that impressive. I did forget you all have a really good TE. Too bad it’s like pulling teeth to get him the ball!! My point still stands, you guys actually believe this ND team is dominant in every facet of the game. And you claim my head is up somewhere?!?

      • 9irish - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        All of these people that get on this blog just to take free potshots at Notre Dame remind me of the monkeys you see at the zoo. They can crap in their hand and throw it at you, and there’s really nothing you can do about it. Except just say, “Okay, monkey, I’m going home, have fun in your cage”

    • dmac4real - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      Are you not aware that there was just a 200 post bitchfest about how incomplete the offense is? It is literally the next article over….If youre going to troll, atleast be correct in it.

    • halfwhitey - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Hey, good news. Miami is a 13-point underdog. It should be a super-lock for you since you think Miami is going to win outright. You should consider expressing your extreme confidence with your wallet instead of posting trash-talk on Notre Dame articles. It’ll make you a lot of money if you are right with the added bonus that nobody will know how annoying you are.

    • stealthy77 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

      @9irish Funny how popular your MONKEY joke is to the readers of this blog. Typical, no class, racist comment. It’s 2012 and you guys still can’t help yourselves can you?

      • ibleedirish - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        Racist comment? Really? Are you comparing one particular race of people with monkees? Because 9irish sure didn’t. Please, enlighten us as to what you mean by that.

      • dillonbigred - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Racist? It is time for you and your small minded thoughts go away.

      • dillonbigred - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        It is time to go away.

    • ndgoldandblue - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      We should look in the mirror. Right. Because a bunch of posters on a blog can influence the state of affairs in the Notre Dame football program. Can a supporter from an opposing team please come up with a logical argument instead of this circumstantial nonsense?

      Here’s your argument: Notre Dame fans are smug and act superior to their team’s opponents and their fans. Notre Dame will lose to Miami (which could realistically happen with our offense the way it is). The fan base caused the loss because of their condescending attitude toward Miami and its fans. That’s the same as saying, “It rained on every Monday in October last year in South Bend. Therefore, it will rain on every Monday this year in October in South Bend because it always rains on Mondays in October.”

      Here’s a news flash, stealthy. We can be rather condescending of other teams and their fans. Just look at the posts prior to the Michigan and MSU games. There was a lot of vitriol toward those teams, and we won both of those games. We’re not particular, and your team isn’t special. We don’t hate Miami because of what happened in the 80’s and 90’s. We hate them right now because we’re playing them this weekend. Stanford will be next.

      By the way, stealthy, were you one of the five fans in attendance for Miami’s game against NC State. Nice fan base you got there.

  14. sullyp18 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    This will be our first true test with a QB that actually knows how to throw the ball. Hopefully our front seven can get enough pressure on their QB and makes him make a few bad mistakes. GO IRISH!!!!!

    • brothertrip - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      to be fair to him Andrew Maxwell knows how to throw the ball but his WR’s don’t catch it anyway

  15. ndfaithful - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I have to admit, that no opponent has ever gotten under my skin more than the Hurricanes. Watching their “male review” type celebrations at midfield on 2nd down plays and watching Jimmy Johnson (the Pork-Faced Satan) run up scores and act like a 9-year old on the sidelines made me furious. The list of enemies on their teams were long and their players were great. And I still wouldn’t want any of them on our team. ever.

    It’s sad, but I still consider the ’88 game to be one of the most memorable moments in my life. So, on the week of my most treasured rivalry, I thought I’d share a clip to wake up a few echoes. The game reminds me that great teams unfold throughout a season and are rarely perfect from the start. The ’88 Irish seemed to reach the top of the hill at the perfect moment in a glorious game against the ‘canes.

    Enjoy the clip. GO IRISH!!!

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      This might have been the last great ND defense, yeah? Stonebreaker, Stams, Zorich, Terrell, maybe a young Todd Lyght (or did he get to ND the next year)

      D-Coordinator was Barry Alvarez right?

      • 9irish - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        No, Lyght was there

    • zorichmidriff - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Man, what a team that was. The D, as tough as it was, isn’t as stout as the one we’ve got now! Wow.

  16. idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Just realized that Andre Brown didn’t even catch that last TD under a minute left…at least he didn’t catch it by 2012 standards.

  17. papadec - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Enjoyed both videos – thank you.

  18. tampadomer - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Hello fellow domers. I personally can not wait for this weekend. I live in the Tampa Bay area and take a lot of heat for being a ND fan. My friends like to hassle me that Miami is going to tear ND apart and blah blah blah. They said the same things when we embarrassed them in 2010. NC State scored 37 points while having 6 turnovers and 100 penalty yards. NDNATION should be drooling with excitement not worried. While the bye week may have slowed some fan enthusiasm; I think the players we have on this football team, will show the type of dominant attitude we have long been looking for and we’ll get the W this weekend. Measuring stick will come in Norman. GO IRISH ND – 31 MIAMI – 13

  19. sinister23 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    You requested me…and here i am!!! Listen…ND is the better team this week (it kills me to say it) but Miami has too many atheletes…miami is gonna take this one…i predict 70 pts will be scored between the two teams.

    • seadomer - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      So … like 53-17 or 38-32 …

      Actually on paper, ND is the better team for the rest of season.
      So on paper its ND 31 – UM 17
      By heart, ND 56 – UM 13

  20. dbldmr - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    Stealthy, I must have missed the racism. Have you ever been to a zoo? The crap throwing monkey is a staple of the experience. Your attempt to make the image racist is as meaningful as…a monkey picking up a handful of crap and throwing it.

    • don74 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      i’m confused…..not usual I might add……stealthy was the one that said monkey comment was racist, sinister is just now posting.

      I liked BK’s presser. He seems to like where the team is.

      Offense needs to win this game. D will stuff em but holding them to less that 17 will be a GREAT job.

      I watched Miami/NC State last weekend. It’s hard to get a read on Miami as NCS didn’t play D. Hard to judge if they are any good or if NCS’s D is that bad.

      After playing in front of a home crowd of about 369 people I wonder what they will feel playing at a packed Soldier Field.

      I don’t care who is behind center. Just win!

      • don74 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        not unusual….my confusion that is.

  21. yaketyyacc - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    A house decoration at the Nights in Venice where each house and boat has its own theme, was dedicated to Miami U A huge sign read: God made Notre Dame no 1, Miami made Notre Dame no 2. A boat decorated in green shamrocks and harps and about fifteen wearing total green outfits saw this sign, and full steam ahead, got to that house, destroyed the sign, and a melee ensued that required the NJ State Police to intervene.
    Well, there won’t be any NJ State Police on Soldier Field. Irish, FINISH THE JOB! We only destroyed a sign, YOU get to have all the fun, You get to destroy the sign painters. And destroy them you will.
    CRUSH,THE – HER- RICANES!!!

  22. phillyj - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Save Al Golden’s @ss for me! Just doesn’t have the same ring to it…

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