A Day Away

Head coach Brian Kelly discusses the Thanksgiving plan for his players, staff, and families.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, copious appetizers…distractions?

Thanksgiving week preparation likely stresses every team's regimented practice plans. Irish head coach Brian Kelly believes his squad will stay on track.

"I think it's been pretty good. Last year we had a good week of practice," Kelly said of his team's usual Thanksgiving week plans. "We get 'em in here early on Thursday, have a morning practice and let 'em get out. Most of them will go with their (assigned) coaches and their families will host them.

"A couple guys (from) Chicago may shoot home and see some family and come back. We'll have a team meeting at 8:00 (Thursday) evening."

"Most of (the players) will be paired up with our assistant coaches," he continued. "We do a pretty good job of making sure everybody is taken care of. Nobody is going to be hanging out in the dorm. They'll all have a place to go Thursday."

Unlike the coaches, the players enjoyed an additional perk of Thanksgiving week.

"No school on Wednesday, so they're excited about that"

As for the Kelly household on Thanksgiving Day?

"Oh, it's chaos," he began. "It's family and friends over. You get a few hours to spend time with your kids, but I think we all know for me it's more about the football. No, you get a chance to spend a little time with your family on Thanksgiving. That's great.

"Relatives come in from other towns," he continued. "But you're still so wrapped up into the week of preparation. We would have just come off the practice field (when he heads home for Thanksgiving). I think what we take from it more than anything else in our household is I get a little time with our family."

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