Brian Kelly: 'I'll go on Oprah if I have to'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 13, 2012
Brian Kelly may have voted Notre Dame No. 1 on his Coaches Poll ballot, but that doesn't mean he's going to be politicking for his Irish just yet.
While on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, Kelly said if the Irish finish undefeated, then he'll be making his case.
"I'm just not good enough to be able to do both. I'm challenged enough on a day-to-day basis to keep my guys focused on Wake Forest," Kelly said. "The rest of the stuff, let's see how Notre Dame does. Let's take Wake Forest, see what happens there, and then USC. Then, if we get to the point after USC that we're undefeated, I'll go on Oprah if I have to. Maybe I'll come back on Sirius.
"But for right now, quite honestly, I'm just going to worry about winning football games."
Kelly said the players feel the same way.
"They know that they can't even be part of this conversation unless they take care of business," he said. "They've been living in this for five weeks, so they clearly understand that this is still about winning football games. People are talking about this weekend and they clearly know, this group is smart enough, they get it.
"They understand they can't be part of this conversation unless they beat Wake Forest.
The Irish currently are No. 3 in the BCS standings, behind Kansas State and Oregon, and their remaining schedule isn't as tough as the other two. They likely will need some help to get into the title game - something that few would figure when it comes to Notre Dame. But the Irish will make their case, once it is finished.
Below is Kelly's weekly teleconference.
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