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December 17, 2012
Brian Kelly met the media on Monday morning to talk Alabama, update injuries and look at the big picture of Irish football. Read the full transcript from Kelly’s 30-minute press conference.
Brian Kelly: Morning. It's great to have the media here today. Usually as a football coach it’s on your first day on the job that you get this kind of media attention. For us here at Notre Dame, we're not announcing anything that relates to the coaching, but certainly about our football team and our team earning the opportunity to play for a National Championship.
There are a lot of pieces that go into that, and I think it began for us with getting our football team back in the weight room and really looking at this as a preparation for a one‑game series. That means our guys have to get back to conditioning element. We have to find our timing as it relates to practicing. And also be smart enough to know that we certainly want to peak at the right time.
Along the way, we've worked on any potential injury situations. We had a couple guys that had surgery to repair some issues. One, Ronnie Stanley, offensive lineman had surgery on his elbow to repair a ligament, so he'll be lost for the bowl game. That was a condition that he had going into the season. And Matt Hegarty had a procedure as well, which will put him out of any practice or bowl opportunities. But we're very optimistic that he'll be back with us come spring. So those two in particular, they will not be available for us in the National Championship game.
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