Head Coach Brian Kelly addressed the media for the first time Saturday after news broke yesterday about the academic fraud investigation rocking his football program.
While nothing has been proven yet, the team moved forward today as they will until the investigation is complete -- without four key players as they prepare for the season opener against Rice.
Kelly said he was shocked and disappointed when he learned about situation on Thursday, especially because of the core values in the program.
While changes will come to the way they do things, he does not believe the Irish need to adjust the type of person and player they target in recruiting and bring to South Bend.
Today's practice was the first look at how the Irish will fill the holes in their roster moving forward.
The biggest loss is KeiVarae Russell, who Kelly said is one of the best corners they've had in recent memory.
Sophomore Cole Luke slid into his spot with the 1st team, opposite Florida transfer Cody Riggs. Devin Butler will be a key reserve as well.
Isaac Rochell replaced Ishaq Williams on the defensive line and the offense will rely on a deep receiving corps to cover the loss of DaVaris Daniels.
As for the potential of vacated wins, including during the teams run to the national championship game in 2012, Kelly said that would not change his view on those accomplishments -- adding that he gets satisfaction from the preparation and relationships with players.