From Sampson's interview with Lea today on the Athletic "So much of how Notre Dame football is processed is big-picture, national championships, the College Football Playoff, graduating champions. How did you view how the season ended against Clemson and Alabama from that bigger picture perspective? It was incredibly painful. Those things you don’t get over. I’ve had a little time to reflect, and I’m reflecting on four years and trying to take in everything that we went through and accomplished and the adversity we faced. I think there’s a lot that we can be proud of. And I think there’s a lot that can be built upon. And it’s not finished. And I think (Kelly) is energized to continue this march toward a national championship. They’ll get there. They’re going to do it. Success is incremental. And sometimes it’s easy to lose patience with process, particularly as a fan, right? But the strides that program has made to sustain success, you’re on the brink of turning another corner there. What I would love to see for that community is just an excitement about what lies ahead. It may not be immediate, but it’s coming. I’m just excited to watch what this next iteration looks like and how it will deliver a new version of this program that ultimately is going to win it all. It’s coming."