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Staying in sight

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly didn't take much of a break during the bye week.

The second-year Irish coach was a prominent figure on ESPN last week, starting Thursday night at halftime of the USC-California game and making various stops at the network's radio and TV programs Friday.

Kelly said his bye week started last Monday in Memphis at the Touchdown Club, which gives out the annual Academic Achievement Awards.

"We started there, and then dove tailed our ESPN trip with recruiting. So I was able to spin both of those," Kelly said. "The most important part of that trip was the recruiting part of it. The ESPN part was outstanding in terms of being able to talk about our football program. I don't think that that could be understated. But I don't think I would have gone out to ESPN if I couldn't have brought it together with recruiting trips as well."

Kelly said making appearances during the season is not a requirement of his job, but it is something he feels he needs to do.

"Nobody said it's in your job description, but it's clearly part of being able to talk about Notre Dame football," Kelly said. "We want to be part of the conversation that you can see what the other schools are doing. The other coaches are out there talking about their programs. So it's important that that is certainly on our radar."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.