Keys to watching NC State and Notre Dame
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Keys to watching NC State and Notre Dame

Kelly sounds like coach wanting more to play for than graduation and a national title

Photo: Nyheim Hines

Here are five keys to watch as No. 14 North Carolina State (6-1) travels to face the No. 9-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1) at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday in South Bend.

Following through: Earlier in the week, Notre Dame football posted a video to its Twitter page of head coach Brian Kelly speaking to his players in a somber locker room at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Irish had finished their dismal 4-8 season with a 45-25 loss at USC.

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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