Coach Brian Kelly is not bothered by fans who hate his Fighting Irish. "The Yankees do a great job of accentuating the positive, and I try to do the same thing," Kelly said. "I think [the passion] makes it even more exciting to be part of Notre Dame." ... I asked NBC analyst and former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy what advice he would offer on coaching Dwight Howard. "It's easy to coach him," Van Gundy said. "Dwight's one of the smartest people in the NBA. He's the smartest big guy I ever coached." ... Findlay, Ohio, native Ben Roethlisberger told me he might not have reached the NFL if he had gone to Ohio State instead of Miami (Ohio). "Ohio State was talking about moving me to tight end," Big Ben said. "I don't think I'd be an NFL tight end." ... Even notable alum Eddie George is skeptical about the undefeated Buckeyes and where they would fit in the title picture if they were bowl eligible. "I wouldn't put them in the top five," George told me. "I don't think their defense is good enough to compete with the best teams. The Big Ten this year overall is not very good."