Kelly wants No. 7 Notre Dame sticking to the plan

TOM COYNE
October 9, 2012
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center left, talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago. About the only thing the Irish haven’t done yet this season is rally from behind to win. The Irish have been able to ignore what coach Kelly refers to as the “noise” so far, but it keeps getting louder with every victory.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wants his players to stick to the plan.

Kelly said it's the same plan he used when Grand Valley State went 14-0 in 2002 and won the Division II national championship, when the spotlight shining on the program came from the Detroit media. It's the plan he used in leading Cincinnati to a 12-0 start in 2009, before accepting the Notre Dame job.

He's sticking to the plan now that the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish (5-0) are off to their best start in a decade. The plan is to stay focused on today and make sure Irish players aren't looking at the big picture. The focus now is No. 17 Stanford (4-1), which has beaten the Irish three straight times.