Irish want to be back in ‘national conversation’

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on against Air Force in the fourth quarter of Notre Dame's 45-20 victory in an NCAA football game at the Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on against Air Force in the fourth quarter of Notre Dame's 45-20 victory in an NCAA football game at the Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says a 9-4 record last season after appearing in the national title game a year earlier was unacceptable.

The Fighting Irish have posted four straight winning seasons for the first time since 1998, but Kelly says that’s not enough. He says the Irish need to be in the national conversation as a title contender.

Everett Golson is back as the starting quarterback after being suspended last season for academic impropriety. Notre Dame is hoping he can run the no-huddle, hurry-up spread attack Kelly became known for when he coached at Cincinnati.

The 2014 season brings artificial turf for the first time at Notre Dame Stadium, new Under Armour uniforms and four games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

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