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Kelly avoids controversy

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly deftly avoided getting into a public argument with an Irish legend Wednesday.

Kelly, who spoke with the media after a morning practice, was asked about Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana's criticism of his handling of Notre Dame's quarterbacks.

In a web chat on espn.com, Montana was asked about Everett Golson being named the starting quarterback for the Irish. According to the website's transcript, Montana replied: "Kelly can't figure out what he wants. Every one of his QBs that he has, he claims is his next star, but he doesn't last long with him. He's probably the least talented thrower that they have, so maybe they're looking to run the ball with him."

When a reporter asked Kelly about Montana's comment, the third-year Irish coach said, "Well, Joe Montana is an icon. He's entitled to his opinion about our football team. I think that's all I'd say about that."

Montana's son, Nate, played for Notre Dame on two separate occasions. Nate Montana was a walk-on in 2008, and after playing at a junior college, he returned to Notre Dame and played in three games under Kelly in 2010.

Nate Montana left the Irish in 2011 to go to the University of Montana.

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