SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Athletic director Jack Swarbrick says its business as usual at Notre Dame and dismissed speculation that football coach Brian Kelly wont be back next season, saying were happy to do our part to provide entertainment to everyone whos been engaged in all of that.Speaking publicly for the first time since the Fighting Irish finished the season 4-8, their second-worst record in five decades, Swarbrick said during his weekly radio show airing Saturday that in evaluating Kelly, he doesnt look at this season in isolation. He noted the Irish finished 10-3 last season despite numerous injuries, describing that as one of the best coaching jobs he has seen. He called it a remarkable year.Although Kelly agreed in January to a six-year contract that runs through 2021, there has been speculation about whether he wants to return for an eighth season and whether the university wants him back.The university issued a statement from Kelly at about 3:40 a.m. on Nov. 27, hours after the Irish were beaten 45-27 by Southern California , saying he planned to be back next season. He had said the same thing immediately after the game but issued the statement following media reports that said he had reached out through representatives to explore other coaching options.I fully understood the background of those reports, Swarbrick said. Brian and I had discussions about his intentions and his future.Swarbrick conceded this season has been disappointing.Every player, every coach, myself, other administrators involved in the program, we all share the same view. Theres no way around that conclusion, he said. Its not bad breaks, its not a play here or there. We didnt do what we need to do. So we do start from that perspective. But I think theres a danger in overreacting to any one piece of information that you get in the course of the evaluation of football programs.Swarbrick said he hadnt commented earlier because he told ESPN in October he expected Kelly to be back next season and he didnt feel like he needed to say anything further, saying: If you get in the business of then reaffirming every week, you create an untenable situation.The radio show was taped Wednesday, while Kelly was conducting end-of-the-season meetings with players. Swarbrick said he and Kelly will sit down and go over the season and discuss what changes need to be made. Swarbrick said he wont talk publicly about what changes he thinks must be made, but said he doesnt expect wholesale changes.Swarbrick said no pressure was put on him by the board of trustees to make a coaching change, saying thats not how Notre Dame operates.Kelly has a 59-31 record at Notre Dame, including going just 15-15 since getting off to a 7-1 start in 2014. The 31 losses are the most by a Notre Dame coach, one more than Lo Holtz had in 11 seasons.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Chris Clemons Jersey . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. P. J. Tucker Jersey . Newcastle dominated in the early stages but City weathered the storm and then raised its game in extra time. 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Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. When your programs motto is row the boat, you cant be too preoccupied with where it will end up.Focus on the process and the results will follow. Thats how Western Michigan is reacting to a pair of head-turning victories over Big Ten schools.The Broncos and coach P.J. Fleck have made quite an impression to start this season, beating Northwestern and Illinois on the road and living up -- so far -- to their billing as favorites in the Mid-American Conference. The 35-year-old Fleck still talks with the same kind of energy he showed when he took over the job before the 2013 season. Only now, WMU is having so much success that a more even-keeled approach is sometimes required.Obviously, beating the two Big Ten schools has gotten a lot of attention, he said. But to us, they were just another win, and maybe one day well look back at the end of the year and look at it a little differently.Before this season, Fleck tried to keep expectations under control, scoffing at the idea that his team was favored in the MAC. The hype has only grown since then. The Broncos opened the season with a 22-21 win at Northwestern. After routing North Carolina Central, they went on the road again and thumped Illinois 34-10.Now WMU can start dreaming about a truly special season. Those victories raised the stakes.Theyve earned the right to have expectation and pressure. A lot of people go through life and never have that, Fleck said. If youre not any good, you dont have any pressure. ... That was the one thing we wanted to create here.Western Michigan went 1-11 in Flecks first season, and offensive lineman Taylor Moton recalls a bit of upheaval after the new coach arrived.There was a divide, Moton said.New coaches often face challenging transitions, and it took some time for Fleck to put together a roster talented enough to compete.Well, 1-11 gets you thrown out of the boat very quickly. Thats what everyone wanted to do to me, Fleck said. Thats when you need to row the boat the hardest.Immediately after that season, Fleck signed a recruiting class in 2014 that was ranked by Scout.com as the best in the MAC. Since then, the Broncos havent looked back, on the field or the recruiting trail. They went 8-5 each of the past two seasons, winning the Bahamas Bowl laast year for the first bowl victory in school history.ddddddddddddRow the boat has become an ideal mantra for a team like WMU -- quirky enough to draw attention to an under-the-radar school and unusual enough to give the program an identity that players, coaches and fans can rally around. It helps that Fleck is such an effective messenger.`Row the boat can truly be a never-give-up mantra for every single person, and I think thats what it was designed to do, he said. People that hate Western Michigan football, people that hate football in general, they can still relate to our culture because of `row the boat. Ive lost a child, so anybody thats lost a child can relate to `row the boat. Ive been divorced, so anybody thats been divorced can relate to `row the boat.Fleck wants the programs motto to apply on and off the field, and the phrase obviously resonates more when the Broncos are winning. WMU converted four times on fourth down in the victory over Northwestern. Morale was already high coming into the season for the Broncos, but that win was a nice early sign of what was possible.I feel like we are always confident, Moton said, before adding that it was great to see the teams progress coming to fruition that week.After sweeping the two Big Ten teams in the state of Illinois, the Broncos still have to prove they can measure up against the MACs lone football team from that state. That would be Northern Illinois, which has played in the MAC title game six straight seasons and stands in WMUs way in the West Division.The Broncos host Northern Illinois on Oct. 8 -- and there are challenges even before that game. On Oct. 1, WMU plays at Central Michigan, which upset Oklahoma State. And this weekend, the Broncos host a Georgia Southern team that beat them 43-17 last year.In other words, now is not the time to take a break from rowing. Not even for a moment.You can only row where youre at, Fleck said. You cant row six miles out (in) the river or the lake or the ocean. Youve got to go right now.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister---Online: AP College Football website www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '