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Crist Forming Bond With Head Coach

(WSCR) - The expectations for Notre Dame were high this season. A new coach who has proven he can win will do that to a program that hasn't lived up to its tradition over recent seasons.

Dayne Crist is directing an offense he wasn't recruited to run, playing for a coach who didn't bring him to Notre Dame and adjusting to life as the center of attention for a 4-4 football team.

Kelly can be a teacher and mentor. He can also be a vocal critic of his quarterback as they forge a relationship in a year of firsts for each - Crist in his first year as a starter, Kelly in his first year in the high-profile, nationally watched job.

When Crist threw an interception in a lopsided loss to Navy last week, an angry Kelly let him hear about it as he came to the sidelines. It's all part of the process.

Notre Dame hosts Tulsa this Saturday.

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