Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly opened his comments to reports after Wednesday's practice with a joke.
"Yes, Tommy's still starting," Kelly said to a round of laughs as he let everyone know, again, Tommy Rees is the staring quarterback for Saturday night's game against Michigan.
But what would have happened in the season-opening loss to South Florida or what will happen if Rees is knocked out of a game going forward is less straight forward.
When Rees was hit hard by the Bulls, freshman Everett Golson grabbed his helmet like he was the next QB in Saturday.
Kelly said he didn't think a lot about who would replace Rees against South Florida, but the coach said he would likely have gone back to Dayne Crist.
But going forward, that is a decision Kelly is still mulling.
"We are not really sure," Kelly said of the No. 2 QB being Crist, Golson or Andrew Hendrix. "Both of those guys (Golson and Hendrix) are getting reps during the week. We can kind of figure out who it is going to be. It's a coin flip. Both of them are taking reps with the demo squad then both of them come with us. … Both are so close right now."
But going back to the starter, Rees will add another interesting start to his resume.
The sophomore's first start last year was at Notre Dame Stadium, and he led the Irish to win over Utah.
After that, Rees notched starts at Yankee Stadium, beating Army, the Los Angeles Coliseum, beating USC, and the Sun Bowl, beating USC.
So starting the first night game at Michigan Stadium hasn't faze Rees.
"I asked him if he is scared, and he said, 'No,' which didn't surprise me," Kelly said. "I was expecting, 'Coach you're crazy. I've already started in venues that are like this.' He's excited, but he won't be caught up in the atmosphere."