Brian Kelly faced a tall task when he left Cincinnati to come to Notre Dame and lead the Fighting Irish. Even though he grew up a Notre Dame fan, he didn't know what he was getting himself into when he came to South Bend. But during his early years, Kelly was able to make some adjustments to the program in order to steer it in the right direction.
"In those first two years, we were able to impart the kind of change necessary to feel as though we were moving in the right direction," Kelly said. "That was the most important thing."
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Then, everything clicked for Kelly and the Irish in 2012. The team rolled to a perfect regular season that included wins over Oklahoma, Michigan State and USC. In his interview with Pat Boyle, Kelly discussed why that team in particular was so special.
"First of all, we had taught this football team the year before the lessons of winning," Kelly said. "They knew how to prepare. The year before, that team did a great job in their preparations, but they didn't finish it off on Saturdays. So they had that lesson of how to win football games and what they needed to do. So in 2012, this team won a lot of close games because of what their experiences were the year before."
Check out the rest of the interview with Brian Kelly in the videos below: