So far, so good.

Nobody’s seriously putting Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff discussion yet—unless they have little shamrocks adorning their underclothes.

But the Fighting Irish are putting themselves in position to have a chance for a very interesting season.

Brian Kelly vowed to make changes this season. He did. And they’re working.

I’m guessing that his assistants still wear, “Hi. My name is ___’’ at staff meetings.

Two guys who won’t need those tags for long are offensive coordinator Chip Long and defensive coordinator Mike Elko. Long, 34, did good work under Mike Norvell at Arizona State and Memphis. Elko, 39, came in from Wake Forest, where he built a defense known for forcing turnovers, coming up with sacks and being stingy with points.

What’s really interesting, though, is the hard-nosed identity they are forging under the Golden Dome. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.