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No quit in Irish, even without timeouts

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly couldn't escape more questions Tuesday about Saturday night's 31-17 loss to USC.

Despite the second-year Irish coach all but pleading to be asked about this weekend's opponent, Navy.

"Are we going to talk about Navy or not? I guess not, huh? They beat us last year. You guys know that? Really bad. So my focus is on Navy. I'll take another question, but I would like to get to Navy," Kelly said at one point during his afternoon news conference.

Part of the continued curiosity from the loss to the Trojans was why Kelly didn't use any of his timeouts with the Irish down by 14 points in the final quarter.

"I thought about it," Kelly said of stopping the clock. "I think right around the 3:30 mark is when I started to think about the potential for using timeouts. Just never felt like the right situation. I think we were in a number of second and shorts, and where the ball was, I don't know, intuitively, instinctively, I didn't pull the trigger on a timeout."

Notre Dame lost the ball when Tommy Rees was intercepted with 6:43 remaining in the game and the Irish trailing 31-17.

By not calling for a timeout, the Trojans were able to run out the clock on the Irish.

The lack of timeouts also led to USC players questioning Notre Dame's desire to continue playing.

"(It) had nothing to do with, 'Hey, we quit or we give up,' " Kelly said of not using a timeout. "(It) just never felt like a timeout was something I was going to … I thought about it, but why I didn't call the timeout had nothing to do with, 'Hey, we're throwing in the towel.' "

As for the snipping from USC players, Kelly blew off comments from linebacker Chris Galippo, running back Marc Tyler and quarterback Matt Barkley saying that Notre Dame quit Saturday night.

USC coach Lane Kiffin called Kelly to apologize for Galippo saying, "At the end there, when they didn't call those timeouts, they just quit. That's what Notre Dame football is about. They're not anything like USC."

Galippo also apologized on his Twitter feed and in a statement from the school, saying, "If I offended anyone with my post game comments Saturday, I do apologize. I have great respect for their players and their program. It was a great game by both sides."

"You get what you deserve," Kelly said of the comments from USC. "Words don't mean much. We don't spend much time on that. We got beat, and they can say what ever they want."