SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly’s play-calling from the sidelines could be expanded this season, starting with Notre Dame’s season-opener against South Florida on Saturday.
It is not so much that he has added to his complex spread offense in his second season with the Irish. He just knows now what plays should work now with the personnel he has, especially quarterback Dayne Crist.
A year ago, Kelly didn’t have that luxury when the Irish opened with Purdue, although they beat the Boilermakers, 23-12.
This Saturday’s game has an added dimension because there’s a Holtz coming back to Notre Dame Stadium. South Florida coach Skip Holtz, a Notre Dame grad, is the son of the last man to lead the Irish to a national title — his dad, Lou, in 1988.