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New helmets don't need paint

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Brian Kelly was asked what color his team's jerseys would be for Saturday night's showdown with USC but nobody thought to ask about Notre Dame's helmets.

Kelly brought a new helmet into his Wednesday evening press conference and announced a change. 

Notre Dame's new helmets still contain the authentic gold particles collected during a 2007 restoration of the golden dome, but the tradition of student managers painting them weekly will be discontinued. 

Kelly said the gold tint wasn't consistent under the old system.

"The tints were changing slightly but it was visible to us," he said. "Even the last couple years since I've been here the colors have been changing. We wanted something we felt was right on. It looks like we got it."

Student managers will still clean the helmets before every game.

"We've already had it under a HD camera," Kelly said. "It looks terrific. We think it's the right look to maintain the tradition of our university." 

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