Kelly, Notre Dame pre­pare for fa­mil­iar face

The Citizens' Voice - - Sports - BY JOHN FINERAN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — There’s now a tun­nel for vis­it­ing teams to en­ter and exit thor­oughly mod­ern Notre Dame Sta­dium.

Good thing. Oth­er­wise Mi­ami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin might just fol­low Brian Kelly, his for­mer boss at Grand Val­ley State and Notre Dame, back into the Ir­ish locker room by mis­take.

“I’m al­most 50 and I’ve never not rooted for Notre Dame in my life,” said Martin, whose RedHawks (2-2) visit No. 22 Notre Dame (3-1) this week­end. “But Satur­day at 5 o’clock I’ll be root­ing against Notre Dame. That will be a bit awk­ward for me.”

Kelly handed Martin the keys at Grand Val­ley State af­ter the 2003 sea­son to be­gin the two-stop (Cen­tral Michi­gan and Cincin­nati) jour­ney that even­tu­ally brought him to South Bend in 2010. There he was re­united with Martin, who went 74-7 with two NCAA Divi­sion II ti­tles at Grand Val­ley. Martin spent four years on both sides of the ball with the Ir­ish be­fore leav­ing to re­build the RedHawks, whose “Cra­dle of Coaches” tra­di­tion in­cludes the late Ara Parseghian, who coached at both schools.

“Chuck and I are not go­ing to be play­ing the game,” Kelly said. “I know how he is go­ing to pre­pare his foot­ball team. He knows how I’ll pre­pare my foot­ball team.”

The RedHawks might very well be 4-0 if not for heart­break­ing de­feats at Mar­shall (31-26) and against Cincin­nati (21-17). Notre Dame’s lone set­back was a 20-19 home loss in Week 2 to now No. 7 Ge­or­gia.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Gus Ragland has thrown for 881 yards and eight TDs al­ready with just two in­ter­cep­tions.

“He’s a smart kid, can run the ball, is ath­letic and I think he makes a lot of good de­ci­sions,” Notre Dame line­backer Greer Mar­tini said of Ragland.

Mar­tini could eas­ily have said the same about his quar­ter­back, Bran­don Wim­bush, who al­ready has rushed for 366 yards and 7 TDs and thrown for 663 yards and 3 scores.

Of­fen­sive tackle Mike McGlinchey, who shoul­dered blame for that loss to Ge­or­gia, be­lieves in self-mo­ti­va­tion.

“There’s things you look for just to get your­self a lit­tle juice,” said McGlinchey, who has “The Man in the Arena” pas­sage from a speech given by Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt in 1910 by his locker. “That kind of put it all into per­spec­tive for me.”

MICHAEL DWYER / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (33) breaks away from Bos­ton Col­lege de­fend­ers ear­lier this sea­son.

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