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Irish Insights


Kelly reiterates desire to be independent

Notre Dame fans could be watching a glimpse of one possible football future of the next three weeks.

Beginning with Saturday night's game at Wake Forest, the Irish play three ACC opponents in a row with a game against Maryland at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12 and a home game against Boston College on Nov. 19.

As conference realignment remains one of the top topics in college football this season, Notre Dame possibly being forced into a conference because of a changing college landscape has made the ACC a rumored landing ground for the Irish.

Speculation aside, coach Brian Kelly reiterated Notre Dame's desire to stay independent during his Tuesday news conference.

"I think it's been stated several times we're going to do everything we can to be independent," Kelly said. "We believe that that's our future. We just have to see what the future of college football looks like. I think that's probably the bigger question."

When that question needs an answer is up in the air, but Kelly said he believes he will be able to be part of the conversation about potentially joining a conference if it comes to that in the future.

"I think I have an opinion," Kelly said. "(Athletic director Jack Swarbrick's" always been great in communicating with me about what my thoughts are.

"And we look at everything. We look at, all right, recruiting, your offense, is it unique within that particular conference, your defense. All of those things go into the conversation."