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Message stays the same for Irish

A program-changing victory didn't change Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's message.

The third-year Irish coach kept on point talking about the process of winning during his Tuesday news conference, as No. 4 Notre Dame (8-0) prepares to play host to Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday after last weekend's win at Oklahoma.

"Teams will continue to win when they exhibit good habits on a day-to-day basis," Kelly said. "We've established those good habits as it relates to how we work, how we go to practice. If we can continue with the same habits and work to that strength, then we will be prepared for every game that we play."

The Panthers have started to show a winning habit, as they have settled in to having their fourth coach in a short period of time.

Paul Chryst was hired in December after a tumultuous time for the program.

After Dave Wannstedt resigned Dec. 7, 2010, Pitt hired Michael Haywood, only to fire him 16 days later. Todd Graham was hired Jan. 10, but he left after one season to take over at Arizona State.

After dropping their first two games, the Panthers have gone 4-2, including winning their last two games.

"They have clearly found themselves with a new coach," Kelly said. "It is incredible what they've been able to overcome with three coaches in a very short period of time. It tells you a lot about their players.

"It is going to be a great challenge for us because they are going to play their very best here at Notre Dame Stadium. We're prepared for that."

Notre Dame has adjusted its Friday schedule, with the football pep rally being moved up an hour, to run from 5 to 6 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion, and the men's exhibition basketball game against Cardinal Stritch also being moved up by an hour, with tipoff now set for 8 p.m.