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Irish Insights


Getting clarity

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told reporters Friday that St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak's decision not to pursue criminal charges in the case of a St. Mary's College student who reportedly accused a Notre Dame football player of sexual battery helped clear up some things about the situation.

Elizabeth Seeberg, 19, died of a suspected drug overdose Sept. 10 after she reported an alleged attack by a football player on Sept. 1 and a threatening text message from the player's friend on Sept. 2.

"It's good to get some clarity in the process, more than anything else," Kelly said. "One of my jobs as the head football coach, as I tell our players, is to eliminate confusion. I think the prosecutor's statement, at least from what I was able to glean from his statement, clears up some of that."

Kelly stood by the university's handling of the situation.

"If you don't have integrity, what else do you have?" Kelly said. "I have a family to raise. I've got kids. I have a football family here. If there is no integrity in what you do, I would have been in a different business a long time ago.

"Integrity is probably for me the only thing that keeps me going in this business. Sometimes misinformation and not having the right facts drives you crazy. So you have to have something to hang your hat on. It's always for me been doing the right thing, and integrity."

Kelly said he didn't feel vindicated when it was announced Thursday that chargers would not be pursued.

"Boy, I don't think I've ever felt a vindication in such a very unfortunate time," Kelly said. "A young girl lost her life. I can't imagine how tough that is on the parents. I don't think there was ever those feelings as much as completing the process. I'm committed to the way the university handles the process. They're thorough. And we're all part of that process."