Notre Dame's Brian Kelly targets Knute Rockne, Jack Coan plays former team in crucial week

Di sabato, the Irish take on No. 18 Wisconsin. It will be Notre Dame’s biggest test yet.

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Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan played at Wisconsin from 2017 per 2020 before transferring to Notre Dame. Irish coach Brian Kelly was asked whether having Coan gave the team some kind of advantage, given his background with the Badgers.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly walks to a huddle as his team plays Toledo in the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana, Sabato, Sett. 11, 2021. Notre Dame won 32-29.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly walks to a huddle as his team plays Toledo in the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana, Sabato, Sett. 11, 2021. Notre Dame won 32-29. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

You don’t get too much intel from those things,” Kelly ha detto, tramite il Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I’m not a big believer in that, piace: 'Hey, do you know the signals?’ You’ve got to play the game. Jack is a competitor. He loved his time at Wisconsin but this is a new chapter for him. He is very mature, level-headed. He wants to beat Wisconsin, but he wants to beat the following week Cincinnati.

I think we can make it as much as we want and make it a story. In the building, it’s not that much of a story.

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Coan won 12 games as a Wisconsin starter and also remarked earlier in the week about playing Wisconsin.

It’s definitely going to be weird. It’s going to be a lot of my friends I’m going to be playing against, guys I still talk to today. Ma alla fine della giornata, it’s just another football game and I like to think I won’t get more excited for one game than the next,” Egli ha detto, attraverso Badgers Wire.

Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan (17) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana, Sabato, Sett. 18, 2021.

Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan (17) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana, Sabato, Sett. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

With a win, Kelly could surpass Knute Rockne as the winningest coach in Notre Dame history with his 106th victory. He mentioned to CBS Sports that while the record is nice, winning a national championship is still the goal.

I can tell you exactly where I sit in Notre Dame history. The coach that won more games that hasn’t won a national championship. That’s where I’ll sit,” Egli ha detto.

We’ve brought Notre Dame football back to its relevance in competing for championships. You continue to build toward that goal of winning a championship. Oltre a quello, everything is judgedrightly soon winning national championships. I knew that coming in.

The two teams square off at noon ET.

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