SOUTH BEND, Ind. — At 7-3 and without a shot at making a BCS bowl, Notre Dame won't hit any of the goals it set before or during the season. But coach Brian Kelly said he's not ready to punt the 2013 season and focus on next fall just yet.
"Our primary focus, and the focus of our team is winning our last home game and, in particular, sending out our seniors with a win," Kelly said this week. "They have four quarters left at Notre Dame Stadium. They're going to be a huge part of the history of Notre Dame and helping us to four bowl games, a national championship. And we are going to do everything in our power for our seniors go out winners in their last game at Notre Dame Stadium."
Notre Dame didn't practice during its bye week, the product of having a truckload of injured players and thin depth behind them. Coaches went out on the recruiting trail this week, looking to add to a 2014 class currently ranked 11th by Rivals.com.
But Kelly said his goal is to galvanize returning players for Notre Dame's senior day game against BYU. While the goals have progressively become smaller, Kelly still set a goal for his team — to help Tommy Rees, T.J. Jones, Zack Martin, Chris Watt, Bennett Jackson & Co. to win their final home game at Notre Dame.
"Whether you're playing in Miami or New Orleans or whatever the destination is, they're all runner-up games," Kelly said. "It's really about the next game and winning the next game. That's really the focus of this team, and in particular for our seniors."