Here is an interesting tidbit from ESPN (via our friends at Block U)...
Don't Underestimate Irish?
Looks as if Kelly did what he was best at, whipping underachivers into shape!
Brian Kelly's defenses play a lot. Cincinnati finished last in the nation in 2009 with an average time of possession of 25 minutes, 46 seconds. Notre Dame couldn't match even that, holding the ball for only 24:55 in its 23-12 victory over Purdue on Saturday. The Irish defense plays longer, yet defensive tackle Ian Williams said they got plenty of push against the Boilermakers' offensive line in the fourth quarter. Here's why: Williams weighs 305, 10 pounds more than last year, yet his body fat dropped from 20 percent to 18 percent.
Now, there is no guarantee that this one instance will be a sea of change but this is a whole different culture that Kelly has put in place.
I still think he has issues and that his record isn't all that some think but I like that our rivalry with ND could get hot again with some great games.
That is all I have ever wanted, win or lose. ND matters to us...even if we despise everything about them they are our most important rival...