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Oct.10, 2016

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Page 10 of 55 OCT. 10, 2016 11 UNDER THE DOME Brian Kelly Wants To Turn Up The Heat When Notre Dame football drops under .500 and out of the top 25, like it did this September, the heat is going to be on the coaching staff. In the meantime, seventh-year head coach Brian Kelly reflected during the 1-3 start by the Fighting Irish that he needs to turn up his own heat. Kelly indicated that perhaps his quieter, more "national television friendly" camera face might need some tweaking. When he talks about the greater need to inject passion and high energy into the team's current malaise, he includes himself. "I think I've been a little too … maybe not as demonstrative," Kelly said. "I think I've got to be more fiery on the sidelines, quite frankly. So I'm going to try to turn it up a little bit on the sidelines, because that's who I am. "I've been hands off a little bit. I just need to be who I am and not be as hands off, and I've got to be more involved. So if I am too fiery, you guys will have even better stories over the next couple of weeks." While leading Cincinnati to back- to-back Big East titles and BCS bowls in 2008-09, Kelly developed a repu- tation as a fireball on the sidelines whose face could turn different shades of red or even purple. It showed itself again during his first season at Notre Dame in 2010, but when the Irish started 4-5, Kelly's demeanor was perceived as perhaps "improper" at Notre Dame. Then in 2011 when the NBC cam- eras caught him in a purple rage dur- ing a season-opening 23-20 loss to South Florida, Kelly admitted that he had to be more cognizant about how at Notre Dame a camera is always going to focus on you. Consequently, he's toned down his sideline demeanor a notch in recent years. That too might need to change if he is going to "be himself" and not put on a façade for the sake of image. Kelly is seeking a proper balance. "I can still be demonstrative … I just feel like they still have to see that passion from me as well," Kelly said. "I don't have to be a lunatic on the sideline and throw chairs and do that kind of stuff. But they have to feel that from me as well. I think that's very important in this game of football." — Lou Somogyi ALAN PAGE HONORED This September, 1967 Notre Dame gradu- ate Alan Page — who is enshrined in both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame — was named by The Heisman Trophy Trust as the 11th Heisman Humanitarian Award winner. The Humanitarian Award was created as an extension to the Heisman Trophy's greater out- reach to athletes who are providing opportuni- ties to those less fortunate. During his 15-year NFL career (1967-81) in which he started every game (215) except the first three of his career, Page also received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. During his 1988 Hall of Fame induction speech, Page and his wife Diane launched the Page Education Foundation, which was built upon the need to give financial assistance and encouragement to students of color facing ex- traordinary odds while trying to achieve their dreams. Page was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992, becoming the first African Amer- ican to hold a seat. Page was re-elected three times and stepped down due to the mandatory retirement age of 70. Page is far from done impacting the community — his foundation has provided $13 million in Page Grants and his Page Scholars have volunteered more than 420,000 hours to date. "The path that I have traveled is not a path exclusive to me," Justice Page stated. "It is a path those of us who have been privileged by good fortune can make available to all young people without regard to their economic, so- cial or racial background. It is simply a matter of working to create hope and provide op- portunity." Previous non-football winners have included NHL star Pat LaFontaine, world-renowned soc- cer player Mia Hamm, NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, baseball manager Joe Torre and NBA standout David Robinson, whose son Corey was a top Fighting Irish receiver from 2013-15 and is Notre Dame's student body president. — Lou Somogyi Page has been tabbed as the 11th Heisman Humanitarian Award winner. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS Kelly believes he needs to be "more fiery on the sidelines." PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL TICKETS ALL HOME AND AWAY GAMES AVAILABLE 1-800-925-2500

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