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New level of preparatoin

El Paso, Texas, the host city for Friday's Sun Bowl between Notre Dame (7-5) and Miami (7-5), is 3,800 feet above sea level.

That elevation had an affect on the Irish's preparations for the game, coach Brian Kelly said Friday.

"I thought we were a bit lethargic in our first practice," Kelly said. "… Our energy picked up the next practice. We had a very good day (Wednesday). It was very similar to our preparation for our last game. I think we are back to that point where everybody feels comfortable with their three days of practice here."

Kelly said the Irish were aware of the elevation numbers before coming to Texas, but they had to figure out how it would affect the players, and adjustments were made to get the team ready to play Miami.

"We changed our strength and conditioning," Kelly said. "We did not actually move any weights this week, which is the first time all year we had not moved weights. We did some more cardiovascular work, we did some rope work, we did some ballistic movement work and we think that was the right approach."

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