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Kelly hopes to keep emotions in check

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Brian Kelly understands why he was criticized for his sideline histrionics during last week's 23-20 loss to South Florida. The Notre Dame coach will try to do better against Michigan tonight.

"I have a responsibility as the head coach to make sure that we leave with wins, first and foremost, and we don't open ourselves up to criticism," Kelly said. "I said this on [Tuesday]: I have to do a better job of managing my emotions on the sideline so that I don't become a side story. That's the last thing that I want.

"So some of it is warranted, some of it is overblown, all of those things. But at the end of the day, you've got to win games and we've got to make sure that we don't have the additional stories that pop up when you're the head coach at Notre Dame."

Kelly's most recent statements seem to more readily acknowledge that he needs to makes some changes. When asked about criticism about his language and temper on the sideline early in the week, he talked first about how he had to be more aware of when TV cameras are focused on him, which is like a player penalized for holding saying he needs to do a better job of not holding when officials are watching. 

Kelly said toning it down won't impact his ability to coach.

"I can do a better job," he said. "I can still get my point across; I just don't have to do it quite so publicly. Now that I know how this affects a lot of people, we'll make sure that we keep a lower profile when it comes to those things."

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