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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: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 5:07 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Pitt, Purdue, Navy, Wake Forest, Maryland, Boston still to come on Notre Dames schedule.....that's a pretty weak list to be talking smack about Toledo. 

I think Toledo would probably beat most of those teams.   

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:57 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Uhhhhh.....Have you seen Notre Dames schedule?  Toledo would fit right in.

Notre Dame has lost to South Florida and Michigan. Those teams are at the back end of top25 at best. Maybe Kelly was accidently looking at Georgia schedule when he made the comments?

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:55 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Agree with the author here that Kelly really misspoke on this. Kelly brags about playing tough NC games against Michigan. Tough???.. Ohio State has beaten that team 7 years in a row while ND has lost to them 3 years in a row. I also agree that Toledo is pretty good. Their HC Tim Beckman was formerly an assistant at Ohio State and was familiar with his opponent and it showed. Excellent preparation by Beckman and Ohio State missing 6-7 players that will be starting for them later in the season sure helped too. I also believe that Toledo beat Michigan a couple of years ago. I will say that ND looked like the better team but simply found ways to beat themselves. The ND QB letting the ball slip out of his hand when they had 1st and goal and the lead well into the 4th qtr was the turning point and momentum change that Michigan desperately needed.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:50 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Hey friend, Notre Dame chooses it's own schedule as an independent.  Too bad most Golden Domers think they are above every other team in America by remaing independent.  I would have much more respect for ND if they participated in a football conference, rather than being a leech in the BIG EAST conference for all their other sports.  Brian Kelly, should not bash any other college about their football schedule. Kelly needs to be concerned about ND and no one else !!

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:41 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Brian Kelly is like a person drowning and grasping for anything he can get his hands on.  He certainly is not a
good fit for big time football, and his leadership style and people skills are lacking big-time too.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:31 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Could someone please this dumba$$ of a coach of Notre Dame that Toledo beat Michigan the last time they played them!  He on the other hand is 0-2 against UM.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:42 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Brian Kelly shouldn't have taken the shot at Toledo but it's fine to take a shot at OSU.  OSU should be called on playing Toledo as all big schools should be for playing an easy game.  Toledo played great against OSU and should just be talked up for their game. 

Start with OU playing Tulsa and Ball st.  When you fix your house then you can talk about others.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:38 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

I never liked Brian Kelly when he was at Central Michigan, and I for sure didn't like him at Cincinnati.

You've got that right, CavsFan.  I saw one of Kelly's Cincy teams play at WVU.  Dirtiest team I ever saw...eye gouging, DT's stomping on Pat White's legs coming out of pileups, numerous cheap shots.  Shoot, he even sent one of his players to WVU's sideline huddle as a spy during a tv timeout.  This coming from a guy who has had a student die under his watch.  Yeah, Kelly is a real gem.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:22 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Brian Kelly shouldn't have taken the shot at Toledo but it's fine to take a shot at OSU.  OSU should be called on playing Toledo as all big schools should be for playing an easy game.

Why is it fine to take a shot at OSU?  It is exceptionally hypocritical of you, CoachHoss, to bag on OSU for playing Toledo (a top MAC school).  Especially when your school (Oklahoma) plays Tulsa and Ball St (a weaker MAC school).  In truth, most BCS conference schools schedule at least one or two weaker non-conference opponents.  Oklahoma is no exception.

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:15 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

 true point, but why?? the  hatred toward notre dame?

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