Aug. 19, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly talks with his players after practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will kick off the season with an NFL style camp at the Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center in Marion, Indiana. The Irish will hold their first four practices in Marian. The school made the announcement Thursday via a video interview with Brian Kelly.
“I’m excited to take our football team to a facility like Shiloh Park,” said Kelly. ”Training camp is vital in terms of developing team unity, character, camaraderie and ultimately a focused and specific identity for the upcoming season.”
Anyone who has engaged in team building activities at work or school can certainly joke about what the Irish may do in Marion. However, the off-site section of camp should do wonders for the 2013 version of the Notre Dame football team. Not only will it allow the players to completely focus on football, it will allow the Irish to develop an identity and find leaders.
This move by Brian Kelly reminds me that he will do whatever necessary to shape his football team. The theme of this off-season has been attempting to replace the leadership that the Irish lost in Eifert, Te’o and Lewis-Moore. With this type of effort, it means that Notre Dame will find that leadership.
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