Notre Dame Football: State of the Program After 2013 Season

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Notre Dame Football: State of the Program After 2013 Season
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Prior to the 2013 season, Notre Dame made no secret of its ultimate goal of returning to the BCS Championship Game.

While the Irish fell well short of that aspiration, fourth-year head coach Brian Kelly and his staff have continued to pour a solid foundation for the program heading into the future.

A trip to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl isn't much of a consolation prize, but with former starting quarterback Everett Golson expected to return next season, Kelly and Co. could very well return to the summit.

However, the most pressing issue facing Notre Dame is replacing nose guard Louis Nix and, potentially, mammoth defensive end Stephon Tuitt should he forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Regardless of what transpires between now and the decision deadline, Kelly has his program on track to be included and relevant in the national conversation on an annual basis.

 

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