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Brian Kelly takes his players' passports

Posted on: December 23, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: December 23, 2010 1:33 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

I've never been to El Paso, Texas, so I can't tell you much about the city.  I'm sure it's nice and a fine place to spend a few days before the new year while preparing for a bowl game.  I haven't been to Juarez, Mexico, either, but I don't need to visit the place to know that I probably shouldn't.  The city is right on the other side of the border from El Paso, and it's in the headlines quite a bit for the drug-related murders and the drug cartels who call the place home.

In other words, it's not the safest place in the world to go on vacation.  

Which is something that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly knows as well, and he also knows that college kids have a tendency to do stupid things.  That's why he's taken his players' passports before heading to El Paso to make sure that none of them get any of those stupid ideas.

“That’s serious. Don’t go over the border, or you may not come back, simply,” Kelly said. “Now I know El Paso is the safest city in the country, but it’s serious. This isn’t, ‘Hey, let’s give it a shot, guys, and jump in the car and see what it’s like.’ You can’t go there, or nobody is going to be able to help you. There’s just been too much turmoil. … You take the passports, they can’t get back. These guys are smart enough to know that.”

A smart move by Kelly because given everything else that's happened at Notre Dame this year, I don't think anybody would be shocked to find out a player had been kidnapped.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:18 pm

Brian Kelly takes his players' passports

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Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:35 pm

Brian Kelly takes his players' passports

Tell that to the parents of the kid WHO IS DEAD because Kelly needed to videotape a practice in 50 mph winds.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:14 pm

Brian Kelly takes his players' passports

Those AK-47 toting "Da U" Miami players would scare the crap out of the Mexicans!!!

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:27 pm

Brian Kelly takes his players' passports

Most of the U players would be like "whats the big deal" - its much quieter in CJ than a night on Flagler or up in Liberty City.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:14 pm

Brian Kelly takes his players passports

This is a great move by a coach that cares about his players. They can still have a a ton of fun in El Paso, so I really appluad Kelly for being proactive.  If I was a parent of one of the ND players, this is exactly what I want to see out of my coach!

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:13 pm

Brian Kelly takes his players passports

I am not sure what the border policy is in terms of crossing over into Mexico, but in the past it just took a valid U.S. driver I.D. That may have changed, due terrorism & immigration concerns.

Nevertheless, those players have no business going into Juarez, Mexico given the narco wars going on down there. There are several killings a day in that area. It is one of the most violent border territories between Mexico & Texas.

Back in the day it was a fun place to party, but now it is just too dangerous.

El Paso is no resort, but I am sure the bowl organizers have put together some decent entertainment for the players.

Just enjoy you bowl swag, the bowl experience & concentrate on winning.

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