New Notre Dame Football Coach is Making Changes

New Notre Dame Football Coach is Making Changes

The Augusta Chronicle

New Irish Coach Making Changes
By Wire Reports

Brian Kelly ’s real work is just starting.

Coach Brian Kelly has turned around three programs during his career. He hopes to do the same at Notre Dame, which is 16-21 the past three seasons.

Sure, he’s made 150 or so appearances as an ambassador for Notre Dame since taking over as head football coach last December. He ran spring practice, installed parts of his spread offense and 3-4 defense, and got a glimpse of what kind of talent he inherited from Charlie Weis .

He’s analyzed and studied the roster, and heard about all the expectations for one of the country’s proudest programs that has gone 16-21 over the past three seasons.

Now, he says, it’s time to start making improvements and progress on the field. After great success in transforming three other programs — Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati — he’s hoping to carry it over at Notre Dame.

He’s already changed the climate with some rules. Hats and earrings during any football-related endeavors are a no-no. And when you’re practicing, your helmet stays on your noggin where it belongs.

GEORGIA: Freshman Dexter Morant has changed his mind about leaving the Bulldogs and has been welcomed back to the team.

Morant left the team to return home to Manning, S.C., this week. Coach Mark Richt said Morant realized he made a mistake. Richt says he consulted the team’s seniors before accepting the defensive end back on the team.

Morant was with the team for part of Saturday’s practice but was not in pads.

  • -Receiver Rantavious Wooten has a sprained left knee that will keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks, Richt said.

Wooten wore a brace on the knee while riding a stationary bike during practice Saturday. Richt said surgery won’t be needed.

Richt expects Wooten to be able to play in the Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

  • -Inside linebacker Akeem Dent (toe) should also be able to play in the opener, Richt said.

"I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at Dent, too," Richt said. "Dent got stitches out and he’s going to be able to start underwater treadmill kind of stuff."

  • -Ken Malcome picked a jersey number that Georgia fans often relate with big plays.

The freshman running back from Southwest DeKalb is sporting No. 24, which Knowshon Moreno last wore in 2008 before becoming a first-round selection and Washaun Ealey wore last year while leading the Bulldogs in rushing with 717 yards.

Ealey has switched to No. 3 and Malcome snatched it up.

CLEMSON: The Tigers held their first practice in full pads on Saturday, and will hold the first day of two-a-day practices on Monday with the first scrimmage scheduled for Tuesday.

Running backs D.J. Howard , Demont Buice and wide receiver Brandon Clear were shaken up during the second half of practice and did not return.

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