Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's USC Week press conference

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Regardless of the coaching turmoil eroding USC's football program, Brian Kelly's routine hasn't changed.

Just as he does every week, Kelly — Notre Dame's sixth-year head coach — met with the media on Tuesday afternoon, previewing the Irish's rivalry game with the 3-2 Trojans.

Here are the key points from Kelly's address.

— With USC on the schedule this week, Kelly addressed last season's 49-14 loss and how Notre Dame has turned the corner since then. "You grow your program, and you don't expect those days to occur," Kelly said. The sixth-year Irish head coach added that his team didn't show the grit and toughness it needed to in last season's game.

— Despite the turmoil surrounding Steve Sarkisian's termination at USC, Kelly said he has not gone into detail about the situation with his team, except to remind them that the Trojans will fight hard for their interim coach. Kelly's preference is for the Irish to focus on themselves.

— Notre Dame's weekly Showtime series, Kelly joked, "is no longer an experiment. It's a way of life." He added that the transition to constantly being on camera was difficult at first, but the staff and players have adjusted. And while he hasn't watched the show, Kelly said he believes it has a positive impact on recruiting.

— Kelly declined to comment on the speculation that he might be a candidate to become USC's next head football coach. "What we do here is avoid the noise," Kelly said. That would be considered a lot of noise."

— Though Notre Dame has struggled in the week after playing a physical Navy team in the past, Kelly won't use that as an excuse this week. "The Navy effect will have nothing to do with what happens on the field on Saturday," Kelly said. After preparing for USC and taking midterms this week, Notre Dame players will have the entire next week off, with the season's lone bye on Saturday.

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly puts his arm around Cole Luke (36) after the Fighting Irish's win over Navy, Saturday, October 10, 2015, in South Bend. SBT Photo/ BECKY MALEWITZ