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ICON: Something to Build On

Fighting Irish Media and WatchND released their first ICON video for the season and it didn’t disappoint. With Chapter One called “Something to Build On,” it’s an inside look at Notre Dame’s double-OT loss to Texas, with Brian Kelly’s postgame comments the highlight.

“We work too hard. So there is never a great feeling after a loss,” Kelly said postgame in the locker room. “The thing that stands out the most, that the second half, most teams that don’t have the strength of character, the will, the desire, they fold. They go away. They get run out.

“Instead, you battled and took the lead. That we can build on. Is everybody clear on the message? We’ve got to turn the chapter quickly, moving toward Nevada.”

There’s plenty of other good stuff to pick up on, including a closer examination of the hit Torii Hunter took and the resulting no-call. (Four days later, it’s still confusing how this didnt get called.) There’s also DeShone Kizer talking to the offense pregame. Blink and you might miss former All-American Jaylon Smith standing on the sidelines behind the linebackers.

It’s a great look behind the scenes at a memorable game, but one that just didn’t go Notre Dame’s way.

For more on the Irish and moving forward after the Texas loss, John Walters and I went deep on our Blown Coverage podcast. Hope you enjoy.