Notre Dame defensive line hears message
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Notre Dame defensive line hears message

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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

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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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