(WSCR)Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame job and almost instantly there was an optimism for the future that wasn’t seen towards the end of Charlie Weis’ tenure.

It’s the job and life Kelly wanted. He knows the expectations. His first Notre Dame team started 1-3 and heads were shaking.

The Irish then ran off three straight wins and fans were beaming.

Then came a lopsided and weakness-exposing loss to Navy and here comes talk of another 6-6 season, the same record under Charlie Weis a year ago.

Kelly says the Irish need to get to a bowl game. Notre Dame hosts Tulsa this weekend and they’ll do it without nose guard Ian Williams, who will be out 4-6 weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

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