Brian Kelly will not have fewer chances to be on camera Saturday night when Notre Dame (0-1) plays Michigan (1-0) in a game televised on ESPN. Nor will the cameras search for him less for the rest of the season.
But the second-year Irish coach told reporters after Thursday's practice that he will not become a sideshow.
"I have a responsibility as the head coach to make sure that we leave with wins, first and foremost, and we don't open ourselves up to criticism," Kelly said. "I have to do a better job of managing my emotions on the sideline so that I don't become a side story. That's the last thing that I want."
Kelly did not hold back his emotions during a season-opening 23-20 loss to South Florida.
And the numerous red-faced, screaming episodes caught by NBC cameras spurned plenty of criticism and debate about the coach's style.
"I can do a better job," Kelly said. "I can still get my point across. I just don't have to do it quite so publicly. Now that I know how this affects a lot of people, we'll make sure that we keep a lower profile when it comes to those things.
"I just have to do a better job of managing my emotions. If I sit down one of those players on the bench, the only people that know are those people in the gold seats and NBC and the world won't. So I've just got to do a better job of managing that on the sideline."