This much we know: Brian Kelly didn't come to Notre Dame to be part of 7-5 seasons. After his first eventful and emotional year as head coach of the Irish, he'll gladly take it.
And the bowl appearance that will follow.
After a 1-3 start, the Irish finished with three straight wins. Notre Dame is likely to land in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 28.
That would be Notre Dame's 30th overall bowl appearance, but this one is not so much about the trip and the exposure that comes with it. Kelly is eager to get the 15 extra practice days to work with his players.