NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The bye week is over and the Notre Dame football team is back to work. After more than a week out of the view of the media, Brian Kelly was back at his podium on Tuesday as his Fighting Irish prepare to play USC. The Irish practiced for an hour on Monday to get back into the swing of things after going with a different approach during last week's bye.
"We used a balance of weight training, conditioning (and) a little bit of rest," Kelly said of last week's schedule. "(We) gave our young guys an opportunity to practice a little bit. Most of our veterans had a light week."
The bye week allowed players with bumps and bruises to rest and heal, but what is most important now is the game that is four days away. Southern Cal is coming to town and the Irish again have a chance to beat their oldest rival on their home field for the first time since 2001.
"I did not know that," Kelly said when asked whether he would convey to his team the last time an Irish squad beat the Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. "I wasn't aware of the history of that."
While the particular history of wins and losses has not been a topic of discussion when it comes to USC, Kelly admits the undeniable nature of the rivalry from his squad's perspective. While most other teams see Notre Dame as one of the top rivals on their schedule each year, the Irish have a different rival at the top of their list.