When Notre Dame clinched a spot in the BCS title game after finishing the 2012 regular season with a victory at USC, athletic director Jack Swarbrick admitted that he had always thought that the Irish were still a year away.
That year came and went, with the 2013 Irish falling well short of the athletic director's lofty goals. Notre Dame has won 21 games over the past two seasons. Respectable numbers, but far short from putting the Irish near the apex of college football.
The nucleus that had Swarbrick so confident is now gone, with the headliners of the 2012 team, Manti Te'o and Tyler Eifert, already in the NFL and key starters like Zack Martin, Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt likely to go in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.
The departure of two key classes has put the burden on Brian Kelly to reload his roster. And the Irish coaching staff has done just that, restocking the roster with 46 new additions in the 2013-14 signing classes.
Let's take a look at the two-year snapshot of Notre Dame's reloaded roster.