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Irish Insights

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Game day

On Tuesday, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly outlined where the coaching staff will be on game days.

Kelly said offensive coordinator Charley Molnar and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will be in the coach's box, and the three will communicate with a headset.

Defensive line coach and special teams coordinator Mike Elston along with defensive backs coach Chuck Martin and offensive line coach Ed Warinner will be on the sideline.

Kelly said Elston, Martin and Warinner share a trait that makes them key coaches on the sidelines during games.

"I think you got to be able to control that group," Kelly said of a coach on the sideline during games. "If defensively, we are struggling, and we got some guys who are being affected by what going on, you got to have a coach who has a presence and can control that entire 11. Same thing on the offensive side of the ball. I will go over to our defense, if I think I need to be over there, to talk to them as a group.

"But by in large, I think we got coaches on the sidelines that I have faith in, if they need to take that unit. They can take the entire group."

Kelly did not go into where receiver coach Tony Alford, running backs coach Tim Hinton, tight ends coach Mike Denbrock and outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks will be on game days.

Kelly also broke down how the team will get ready for games this season. And one of the main changes entering game weekends will be the entire team going to the pep rallies.

"I'm a really big believer that the pep rally, from an institution standpoint, is something that is part of Notre Dame," Kelly said. "I really want that to be an important part of our pregame weekend. So Friday, we will be part of that then we will travel to the hotel. And obviously do all the traditional things with the Basilica and our walk."

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