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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turned to more than Xs and Os to overhaul his football program. The former Gary Hart 1984 presidential primary campaign aide recognized a fresh message was needed.
The Kelly voice that worked in 2012 for a national runner-up finish no longer resonated. The 2016 roster limped home to a 4-8 record. If Kelly returned for his eighth campaign in South Bend lacking a new direction, he risked more than a season – not to mention his job