Mike Berardino Indianapolis Star Published 8:03 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 SOUTH BEND – If it seems Brian Kelly’s face hasn’t been reaching its customary shade of purple on the Notre Dame sideline this season, there’s a good reason for that. It goes beyond the 8-0 start for the third-ranked Irish and the maturity of the group, or maybe it’s all connected. Whatever the case, Kelly, now in his ninth season in his dream job, has made a conscious decision to tone down his public demeanor, especially in the wake of mistakes by those 18- to 21-year-olds wearing the gold helmets. “I just think our team responds better if I’m able to interact with them — be there, lead ‘em,” Kelly says. “If I’m confident and I’m in a good position for them, they feed off that. Just maturing at being a better football coach.” His players have noticed. “Any good leader – or great leader, as he is – understands there is a time and place where you have to be serious and there’s a time and place where you have to lighten the mood up,” senior center Sam Mustipher says. “You have to be able to be one… Read full this story
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