Notre Dame has figured out how to win at home, not only by doing it 22 times in a row but by also having mitigated its coronavirus outbreak to the point that the Irish have not had a positive test in more than a week. (Sunday’s test results will be released Monday evening, but even with a positive test or two there, the larger point stands.)
Now, the No. 3 Irish (4-0, 3-0 ACC) have to adjust to travel protocols amid a pandemic. They began to ready for that once before, getting about 24 hours into Wake Forest preparations before that trip was scuttled at the onset of an outbreak that peaked with more than 30 positive tests.
Notre Dame would usually fly to Pittsburgh (3-3, 2-3) on Friday morning, practice at a nearby high school or small college, hold a bevy of meetings at its hotel and then have a team dinner before idling time until lights out. This week, only the lights out aspect of that will occur in Pennsylvania. The Irish will take care of everything else in South Bend, almost as if it is a home game, before hopping on a plane after dinner.
“Very little contact with the hotel, very little contact with those situations, and create an atmosphere where we feel like we can control it as best as we can,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said Monday.