Brian Kelly took home the Football Writers Association of America's Eddie Robinson Award as the nation's top coach Thursday, joining past Notre Dame coaches Ara Parseghian (1964), Lou Holtz (1988) and Charlie Weis (2005) in winning the honor. It's Kelly's second top coaching honor, with the third-year Notre Dame coach winning the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award earlier this month.
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Kelly's trophy will be added to an avalanche of awards garnered by Notre Dame players and coaches in 2012. Manti Te'o accounted for seven alone (Nagurski, Butkus, Lombardi, Walter Camp, Bednarik, Maxwell, Lott IMPACT), a new Division I college football record. Te'o was also an AP, CBS and ESPN All-American (the FWAA releases its All-American roster Friday morning) while defensive end Stephon Tuitt joined him as a CBS All-American.
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Additionally, Tyler Eifert won the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) and Bob Diaco garnered the Broyles Award (nation's top assistant coach).
For the second straight meeting in Ann Arbor, Notre Dame will play Michigan under the lights in 2013. It'll be the series' final scheduled meeting at the Big House, as Notre Dame opted out of future games past 2014 as the program figures out what its soon-to-be-annual five ACC games will look like.
Notre Dame also announced Thursday its 2014 meeting against Navy will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the NFL's Washington Redskins and site of the Irish's Shamrock Series game against Maryland in 2011. Notre Dame last played Navy at FedEx Field in 1998.