Notre Dame captain on Irish’s turnaround season: ‘We needed a culture change’

Notre Dame football is one of the most recognizable brands in the nation. So on those rare occasions the Irish have a losing season, you can expect major reflection and reconstruction to follow.

Notre Dame struggled to a 4-8 record in 2016 and decided to shake things up by switching seven coaches, including the addition of new offensive and defensive coordinators.

The changes have sparked Notre Dame on both sides of the ball.

The Irish have a Heisman Trophy candidate on offense (Josh Adams) and a defense tied for 15th in the nation in turnovers forced (19).

In a story by CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd, Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey explains that the revamp of the staff played a significant factor in him returning to South Bend for one final season.

The captain had a heart to heart with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to air out his feelings.

“I had problems with people that were on the staff. I made that clear to him,” said McGlinchey of his conversation with coach Brian Kelly.

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“We needed a culture change,” he continued. “We let things get too stale around here. If it wasn’t going to change, it probably wasn’t going to be an environment conducive to me being here anymore.”

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“I wanted to stay,” he added, “but I wasn’t going to stay if things didn’t go the right way. I didn’t say that to him but that was my thought process.”

Flash forward to the present and Notre Dame (8-1) is firmly in the discussion for the College Football Playoffs.

Notre Dame, on a seven-game winning streak, is currently No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Notre Dame will have a chance to add an impressive victory to its resume when they travel to rival Miami on Nov. 11.

No. 7 Miami (8-0), atop the ACC Coastal standings, defeated visiting Virginia Tech 28-10 to move to 8-0 overall.

Notre Dame took last season’s meeting vs. Miami 30-27 in South Bend. Notre Dame hasn’t lost to Miami since a 27-10 defeat in 1989.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 18-7-1, with the games in Miami tied at 6-6-1.

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