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A dramatically retooled Notre Dame team awaits USC

A dramatically retooled Notre Dame team awaits USC

The list of reasons why it’s a bad idea to tweet is lengthy, but Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly found a new one last season when, with his defensive coordinator under fire from fans, Kelly’s account “liked” a suggestion that Kelly fire the assistant.

Despite Kelly’s explanation that the “like” was an inadvertent mistake by a staffer, the digital mishap cemented the impression that the season and maybe the program were slipping out of Kelly’s control.

That might have been the lasting image of Notre Dame’s 2016 campaign … were it not for a game a few weeks later.

Hurricane Matthew lashed Notre Dame’s game at North Carolina State, yet amid the heavy winds and rain Kelly...

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