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Kelly: Irish will have early curfew

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the top-ranked Fighting Irish will have an early curfew every night they are in Miami preparing to play second-ranked Alabama for the national title.

The Irish play the Crimson Tide (12-1) in the BCS Championship Game Jan. 7.

Kelly told the media Saturday he usually has a 2 a.m. curfew the first night or two on bowl trips so players can have fun. He says the curfew in Miami will be 11 p.m. every night, saying he has told the Irish (12-0) to approach the game as a business trip.

''They all understand what it's all about going down to Miami. It's not about enjoying South Beach. This is about preparing for a national championship game,'' he said.

The Irish are seeking their first naional championship since 1988. Kelly says the Irish had a physical practice Saturday and will have another Sunday. The Irish head to Miami on Wednesday.

Right tackle Christian Lombard said the Irish understand his coach.

''Just coming back with a mindset of it's business now. The fun is over,'' he said.

When asked whether he had any New Year's resolutions, Kelly joked: ''Coach a good game. Don't screw it up.''

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