Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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career ended this spring because of repeated concussions) couldn't play because of sustaining an injury — in pregame warm-ups. Several other top-line players missed some time, with All-Amer- ican linebacker Jaylon Smith's wrecked knee early in the Fiesta Bowl the coup de grace. Yet it was a testament to the recruiting and de- velopment of the coaching staff — especially with quarterback DeShone Kizer and running back Josh Adams — that the Fighting Irish still were 10-1 heading into the regular-season finale, and one defensive stop away from an 11-1 ledger. The need to play so many players out of emergency the past two sea- sons could prove beneficial in 2016. LIGHTS, CAMERA … SHOWTIME Last summer, Notre Dame and Brian Kelly agreed with the Show- time cable network to give viewers an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the football program throughout the week. "A Season With Notre Dame Football" debuted on Sept. 8 and the half-hour telecast was shown every Tuesday through Jan. 5 with its "adult language, adult content" warnings. It was a calculated gamble that led to a few regrets, but overall it received a huge thumbs up from the The Showtime camera crews constantly hovered around head coach Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football team during its all-access look inside the operation. Overall, the Notre Dame community was pleased with its outcome and publicity, but Kelly said he would rather not do it a second straight year. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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