What was Kelly’s message to Notre Dame players about Missouri situation?

Brian Kelly wants his players to be active on campus.
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As was the case at other colleges across the country in the wake of the Missouri football team’s role in the resignation of the university president there, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was asked this week about how he talks about social issues with his team. 

"We encourage our players to be ‘other-centered’ in the sense that we want to be active within our community," Kelly said. "Our Athletes Around The Bend program encourages our players to be part of our community and to be out and make a difference." 

He explained he sees a difference between social activism and community service. 

"I think social activism is something that is more of a choice where we believe that building the young man, being other-centered is a component of that, and we encourage that as part of our program and building the young men in our program," Kelly said. 

"So I think they’re two different things from our perspective, but we have 105 players from different backgrounds all over the country. Different social-economic backgrounds. So we know that we’re going to have different points of view, and we don’t want them all to be the same.

"So I think we have a great environment for our guys to be who they want to be on a day-to-day basis." 

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