Brian Kelly’s impossible task of following up an unexpected visit to the BCS National Championship Game is becoming increasingly difficult with each offseason blow.  

It was a visit that arrived a year or two earlier than most anticipated, although the excitement from this dramatic rise has been short-lived. The goodwill for his team’s rapid resurgence is seemingly absent, which is both unfair but not surprising given recent turbulence.

The Irish's 12-0 record seems like a forgotten milestone.

Much like Notre Dame’s 2012 regular season, the offseason is starting to have a similar feel: unexpected, full of bizarre twists and a stranglehold on national headlines. Unlike the Irish’s incredible unbeaten campaign, however, the losses are beginning to mount.

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