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Going home

Brian Kelly's head football coaching career has kept in him in middle America for 20 years.

He broke in at Division II Grand Valley State in Michigan then moved to Central Michigan then went to Cincinnati before ending up at Notre Dame this season.

So Saturday's road game against Boston College will serve as a homecoming for Kelly, who was born in Everett, Mass., was raised in Chelsea and went to St. John's Prep School in Danvers then played linebacker at Assumption College in Worcester.

But Kelly said he hasn't thought much about returning to his home state.

"Going back to Boston for me, it's been a long time since I've been on the east coast," Kelly said. "I've got great friends back there. But they won't have any influence on the football game. They'll be out tailgating. So a good tailgating group of friends I have.

"Other than that, they won't impact the football game. So my focus is strictly on getting a win for Notre Dame."

Kelly has help keeping his focus on coaching in regards to handling ticket requests for the game.

"I've got a great assistant who is taking care of all of that so I don't have to be bogged down on trying to get all of those tickets," Kelly said.

Saturday will be the first time Kelly will see a game in Boston College's Alumni Stadium.

He said he grew up a Holy Cross fan, but a certain former Eagles quarterback did get Kelly to pay attention to Boston College.

"Holy Cross and BC was the big game growing up, other than me listening and watching Notre Dame games," Kelly said. "It was always Holy Cross and BC. That was the rivalry game. So I used to listen to that game, watch that game.

"I think I became a fan, like everybody else, of Boston College when Doug Flutie came on campus. I know I was pretty excited when he threw that touchdown pass against Miami, but that is about the only memories that I have about Boston College."