AFTER TUMULTUOUS END TO SEASON FIGHTING IRISH EYE RETURN TO BCS After being undressed on national television 14-42 to Alabama Notre Dame's luck continued to leave a lot to be left desired. Head Coach Brian Kelly decided to leave the Irish for the Detroit Lions in the NFL ranks. The move made a lot of sense considering his Michigan roots during his stay at Grand Valley State, but ND Nation was reeling after a historic loss on the biggest of stages. Losing the first coach to get them back to the big dance for the first time since 1988 did not help the fanbase feel any better either. ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick made an intriguing hire by selecting Coach IrishBearcat to lead the program going forward. The hire has received mixed reviews, with many scrutinizing the administration for not selecting an elite head coach. One this is for sure: winning on the field fixes everything, and that'll be crucial for the new head man especially in his first season. Coach IrishBearcat is expected to bring a multiple offense and a 4-3 defense to campus this coming fall. "When Notre Dame has been most successful they've played tremendous defense and ran the football effectively," stressed the new coach, "we're going to revive the smash-mouth running style that is responsible for several of the championships Notre Dame has earned historically." Coming from the Harbaugh coaching-tree, look for I-formation become a factor for the first time in over a decade. One of the biggest questions that had to be answered by the new regime was how Everett Golson's academic situation would be handled. "Golson has sat out the entire spring and all of fall camp," the head coach said, "as far as I'm concerned Everett will be one mistake away from permanently being dismissed from this university, but he will be back for week one." The situation is peculiar as Golson hasn't taken a single snap for the Fighting Irish since the National Championship game, no even in a practice session. It's widely expected Golson is current behind Tommy Rees, but once he is caught up to speed he should earn his starting spot back. It will be interesting to follow. After a week one bye Notre Dame will travel on the road to face the #5 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Look for Rees to start, but if the Irish find themselves in a hole they could turn to Golson. The new 4-3 defense will be interesting to watch with projected NFL first-rounders DT Louis Nix III and DE Stephon Tuitt learning slightly new positions after leading one of the best Irish defenses in the university's history.