Notre Dame notes: Kelly not concerned with BCS standings

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Notre Dame notes: Kelly not concerned with BCS standings

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It's been just shy of six years since Notre Dame has been ranked as high as No. 5 in the BCS standings. On Sunday, the BCS revealed Notre Dame as a top five team, the first time that's been the case since the week of Nov. 19, 2006.

For everyone outside of the football program, that's a nice bragging point. For those in it, not so much.

"I really don't care, I'm sorry," coach Brian Kelly sighed when asked about his team's BCS ranking. "I know all of our fans care a lot about that stuff and that's great. I love seeing Notre Dame out there and having stories about Notre Dame. That's why we came here. But I really don't give it any thought as to positionally whether that's a better post position for us than, you know, any other. Sorry."

Kelly explained Notre Dame never set the goal of making the BCS championship or a BCS bowl, spurning the big picture for week-to-week objectives. Notre Dame hasn't appeared in a BCS bowl since January of 2007, and has never won the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta or Rose Bowl in the BCS era.

"We don't have a list of goals that says, hey, we want to go to the Sugar Bowl, we want to go to the Fiesta Bowl, we want to win the National Championship," Kelly said. "We don't have any of those goals. They are not written down, you won't see them anywhere, they are not in our locker room.

"All you'll really hear us talk about are the goals as it relates to playing the game, and if you hit these goals, you've got a great chance to win and then how do you get there and so that's how we deal with it on a daytoday basis."

Where, exactly, does Hendrix stand?

If Everett Golson winds up not being cleared for Saturday's game -- judging by Kelly's comments, that's a longshot -- Tommy Rees would, presumably, get the start. But on Notre Dame's depth chart, the No. 2 quarterback is listed as "Andrew Hendrix OR Tommy Rees," just as it has been since Rees' suspension ended after the first week. Kelly said Rees and Hendrix will have about a 60-40 split in the percentage of practice reps with Golson out Tuesday, and that he could use both in case Golson can't play Saturday.

"What we are going to get three quarterbacks ready and at what level they are, it will determine, but we already know what Tommy is capable of doing," Kelly said. "We know he just needs to clean up on some of the finer detail things. Andrew has not got a ton of work, and you know, if Everett can't go till Thursday, then maybe we have to bring it down a little bit. But we have to make sure that you have to defend a running quarterback that can run, that's going to be part of the game plan."

That last line indicates if Rees did have to start a game, Hendrix could be used to keep the zone read, or any other quarterback rushing play, in the playbook. But he hasn't played since Notre Dame's opener, which also stands as the only game in which Rees wasn't available this year.

When asked if there was a situation in which Hendrix would play over Rees, though, Kelly repeated what he said before.

"No, I haven't thought of -- I'm going to have three quarterbacks ready to play on Saturday," Kelly said.

Preview: Mark Buehrle Day on CSN

Preview: Mark Buehrle Day on CSN

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White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

A day after having quite the offensive party, the White Sox didn’t save any production for Friday.

The White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics in their series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of 25,370 fans.

After recording 18 hits in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox were held to just seven on Friday, but it felt like fewer. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Pelfrey, who fell to 3-6 on the season, took a step back after delivering a strong performance in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old struggled with his command against the A’s all night. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and issued five walks. Pelfrey also allowed all three runs on four hits and two homers.

The A’s got on the board early with a two-run shot to center field by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Pelfrey allowed another homer, a solo shot, to Matt Joyce to make it 3-0.

The White Sox bullpen staved off any further production and combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings between four relievers. But they weren’t able to generate any of their own.

Not even ejections from Tim Anderson and Rick Renteria could spark a cold offense.

The White Sox best chance came in the bottom of the ninth, where Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu opened with back-to-back singles. After an Avisail Garcia flyout, Todd Frazier popped one over A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, but Abreu was thrown out at second. Matt Davidson flew out to center field at the warning track to end the game.

Friday marked the start of a season-long 10-game homestand, somewhere the White Sox were happy to be after playing 15 of their last 19 on the road.