It's been a wild two weeks for the Notre Dame football program since the team's 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. There was the Brian Kelly-NFL flirtation, the decommitment of linebacker Alex Anzalone and, of course, the ongoing Manti Te'o girlfriend-hoax saga.
Alas, Notre Dame will be playing football again next fall, and the beginning of spring practice is only two short months away. The Irish took a tremendous step forward in 2012, going from 8-5 to 12-1, but now Brian Kelly and the Irish must ensure that 12-1 seasons become more the norm than the exception.
Here are five key issues Notre Dame must address in the coming months if it hopes to remain at the top of the college football ladder.