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Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 1:12 pm

It has been a very rough first two weeks of the season for Brian Kelly. The Irish, a team many figured would be a BCS bowl team, are 0-2 and have been plagued by some self-destructive moves. The ND head coach didn't do himself any favors in the wake of the team's meltdown against Michigan when he  said a challenging early season schedule has only made the mistakes more difficult to overcome.

“We’ve made so many mistakes against two pretty tough teams coming out,” Kelly told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Again, as you see the schedule, Ohio State is playing Toledo. I mean, teams are playing easy games early on in the schedule. We don’t get that luxury. We have to go play in front of 115,000 [at Michigan Stadium]. Those mistakes are more glaring against opponents that are physically pretty good, as well.

“I believe that we’re going to be a good football team. We won’t be until we clean up the little things that keep popping up on Saturdays.”

I agree with colleague Tom Fornelli who said: "Why Kelly felt the need to take a shot at Ohio State's early season schedule, I'm not sure. What's further confusing about it is that Kelly is also taking a veiled shot at Toledo, a school that gave Ohio State just about all it could handle on Saturday, and one of the best members of the MAC conference which is exactly where Kelly helped make a name for himself coaching at Central Michigan. It was hardly an "easy game" for the Buckeyes."

Bringing up a specific school doesn't seem like a move Kelly should've made. He ends up taking a shot at two programs when he didn't needed to take any. You're at Notre Dame. You're not supposed to lament these kinds of things. Certainly not publicly. When he was coaching at Cincy, his teams played the Eastern Kentuckys and Southeast Missouri States. He took the ND job knowing all of this. The Irish also do benefit from a pretty sweet BCS bowl relationship that affords them a different status than most other programs. Besides, Toledo, which has 17 starters back, is a solid FBS program. They have several players, including standout WR Eric Page, could start any most AQ conference programs.

*Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden revealed to the USA Today that he was treated for prostate cancer in the spring of 2007.  He initially guarded his medical history for fear opponents would try to use the knowledge against FSU in recruiting. Just when you think the world of recruiting sounds about as crazy as it can get, you hear something like that.
"I did not understand the significance of prostate cancer back then," Bowden said in an interview with USA TODAY . "What I knew was when something like that happens to a coach and your opponents find out about it, the first thing they say is 'Don't go to Florida State, Coach Bowden is about to die.'

"If I knew then what I know now, I would have considered it my moral duty to bring it out in the open. I thought it was the right thing to do then, but that's not the message now."

*Rick Neuheisel says he will no longer doing those post-game victory/loss speeches at the microphone following games at the Rose Bowl. I remember being at the Rose Bowl the night an undermanned Bruin team upset a ranked Tennessee squad. Neuheisel grabbed the mic and turned the place into a de facto pep rally. It seemed like the Bruin program was destined for greatness that night and yet it just hasn't materialized. It's certainly not for the coach's ability to work a crowd. According to Jon Gold, Neuheisel said he thought they had become a ''distraction'' and all about him and not about the team. He said he went to administrators, talked about it and they came to the same conclusion. Who is this guy and what has he done with Rick Neuheisel?
*North Carolina schools are having a very hard time keeping many of the state's best players at home, reports Tim Stevens.

*Florida linebacker Dee Finley was arrested on Monday afternoon after being pulled over on campus.

He is charged with resisting an officer with violence, a third-degree felony, and a second offense of driving with a suspended license.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Finley is the sixth different UF player to be arrested since January and it is the seventh arrest Muschamp has dealt with in his short tenure.  
*Touching story about how Vandy coach James Franklin provided Andrew Kittrell, an 11-year-old born without a leg with an unforgettable experience.

Last week, Franklin called, Andrew's father, Michael, and invited Andrew to spend a gameday with the team when the Commodores played UConn. While some coaches may shy away from what could be viewed as a distraction to the team, Franklin embraced the opportunity to reach out to others just as he has so many times before during his short tenure at Vanderbilt. 

"It is one of those things, again, where you reach out to the community and although we are football coaches and we are brought here to educate our guys and to win," Franklin said, "I also talk to the players that not only are we going to handle our business on the field, but also when we are going to have opportunities to make an impact in other people's lives, we should be able to do both." 

After his phone conversation with Coach Franklin, Michael relayed the exciting news to his son, who couldn't believe the chance he had been afforded. "Coach called my dad and my dad surprised me," Andrew said. "I had no clue and I about fainted when my dad told me what happened." 

On Saturday, Andrew walked side-by-side with Franklin through Dore Alley Walk, spent time talking with the head coach in his office before the game and ran out of the tunnel with the team. After the team wrapped up a 24-21 win, Andrew joined Franklin one last time for his postgame interviews. The entire experience left an indelible mark on Andrew.   

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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:00 am

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Is this someone's idea of a bad joke? Rick Neuheisel won't be grabbing some mic and begging to keep his job simply because his under-acheiving baby blue Bruins won't get 5 wins. The dude is a fraud, but is a hit with the media and that's the only thing keeping him in Westwood. After the anemic Longhorns roll into the Rose Bowl and escape with a 3-point win, the Rick the Slick deathwatch will become official.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:47 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

As long as the morons who vote in the polls and the inbreeds who run the BCS continue to reward the contending teams when they beat patsies we will keep seeing it.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:00 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover can call them on their soft non conference games...just as you can call any national contending teams on it.  I know as a high school coach i don't want to play anybody soft all year long because we don't get anything from it.  I want my kids to have to work for everything we get.  I don't have a problem with the Tulsa game but there probably isn't a need for the Ball State game. 

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:54 am

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

I comment on the OU schedule because of this comment.

OSU should be called on playing Toledo as all big schools should be for playing an easy game.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:44 am

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

and other tough teams on their schedule
thats not true

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:13 am

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

I am ok with someone bringing up in-state, good offensive team being OU's first game.  It is good for Tulsa and a good game to start for OU.  I am ok with someone bringing up ball state in October.  I don't mind them having these games because they have #5 FSU at FSU.  They also have A&M, Texas, OSU,  Baylor, Missouri and other tough teams on their schedule.  But like i said..i'd much rather Kelly talk about the team scheduling the lower teams rather than picking on the team that is playing a bigger school.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:34 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Nothing like comments from a man who lost two years in a row to a team that OSU just plundered, pillaged, destroyed the last 10 out of 11 years .

You have to be kidding me!  Maybe if he figured out how to keep his team from turning the ball over 10 times in two games, 6 of those in the red zone maybe he wouldn’t be crying like a candy a^%$%s.

Get a life, get a team, when you win a significant game please let me know.  Your team has been a non-factor in college football for years.  Get over it.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:57 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

In 2010 Toledo and ND had two common opponents: Purdue and Western Michigan.  Toledo beat Purdue 31-20.  Notre Dame beat Purdue 23-12.  Toledo beat Western Michigan 37-24.  Notre Dame beat Western Michigan 44-20.  Identical results and pretty similar scores.  Admit Brian Kelly, ND is the Toledo of the Independents.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 6:08 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Wow, not a single comment on anything other than Notre Dame. Kudos to James Franklin and Vanderbilt. That was an outstanding thing to do.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:29 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Ohio State might have a soft non-conference schedule, but at least they never killed anyone at practice.

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