Brian Kelly talked with the media after practice on Saturday for the first time since the news of the ongoing academic investigation at Notre Dame broke. Even though the Irish held practice in Notre Dame Stadium with the media having full access, the questions for Kelly obviously focused almost exclusively on the investigation.
Here is the full video of the press conference via WatchND along with some notes from what Kelly had to say.
- Kelly said he could not share much today because he doesn’t have much information and doesn’t know all of the facts yet.
- Jack Swarbrick informed Kelly of the alleged academic dishonesty on Thursday. He told Kelly of the potential academic issues at that time and he was “shocked and disappointed”.
- Kelly will not be involved in the investigation at all. He said that he will be just like the media on the outside looking in.
- “It’s a privelege to play for Notre Dame, not a right and we hold our players for a very high standard.”
- Kelly said that he was proud of Notre Dame and the way that they act with regards to practicing what they preach. “We don’t look the other way.”
- Kelly said they have covenant in the locker room of, “Treat women with respect, don’t cheat, don’t lie, and don’t steal.” That motto has been on the wall ever since Brian Kelly took the job at Notre Dame. Those are standards that Kelly has
- Kelly had not talked to the four players involved in the investigation as of today’s press conference, but he planned to do so later today or in the next 24 hours. When Everett Golson was dismissed for his academic issue last year Kelly said he didn’t talk to him until after the fact either
- Kelly said he was not overly concerned with how this situation will affect his team long term. He said that there will be questions from the rest of the team for a few days but that when it’s time to play the games he has no doubt they’ll be ready to play for their University, themselves, and their families.
- One of the reasons Kelly came to Notre Dame was because of the core values that Notre Dame holds around integrity. He said he applauds the University for the way it handles these matters.
- Kelly does not think that they have brought in the wrong types of players but that they need to do a better job of educating them and providing them the resources they need.
- When asked about how this effects Notre Dame’s depth, Kelly said that you simply can’t replace Keivarae Russell calling one of the best corners they’ve had in a while. He mentioned Cole Luke and Devin Butler being called on to step in. He also said that they have enough depth at wide receiver to survive.
- Throughout Kelly was very clear that he was not passing any judgement on the four players in question but did say that he was disappointed about the situation the team is now in.
- The players won’t be in team meetings during this process either according to Kelly but they can eat with the team and be at the Gug as much as they want.
- Kelly was asked point blank if he was investigated to this point or if he thought he would be to which he simply answered “no” both times.
- Even if Notre Dame ends up vacating wins from the 2012 season, Kelly said that wouldn’t change how he felt about that team.
- Once the investigation is complete, Kelly wants to know all of the details and use the findings to help improve the program.
- Kelly doesn’t expect the investigation to go beyond the four players that are currently involved.