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

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

 correct in saying notre dame was over rated!! they have a huge challenge in front of them,and i see 7-5 at best

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:11 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

 i agree with this, but can understand why some teams want a tough non-conference schedule! it makes them better for their league  play and gives them a chance to win conference if prepared! as far as notre dame? i see a sad qb situation and they make too many mistakes to get a major bowl of any kind! an iam lifelong irish fan!Yell

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:09 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

All I know is that, as an Ohio State fan, if I saw South Florida and Michigan as the first two opponents, I would be thinking, "That's great! A 2-0 start to the season." I never liked Brian Kelly when he was at Central Michigan, and I for sure didn't like him at Cincinnati. His arrogance has no bounds, and I can't think of anyone that I would rather see sitting at 0-2 than that guy. Notre Dame just isn't that good, and that is the reason they keep losing to Michigan, and South Florida.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:35 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

College teams do not play a preseason so I don't see the problem in playing a couple of smaller schools to begin the season. It becomes a problem when powerhouses are playing cupcakes later in the year. Like Oklahoma playing Ball State in October.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:25 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Come on he is right and it is clear as day. Look at majority of the top teams play teams that are not at the caliper of South Florida or UM. Its not just Ohio State go look at OU schedule or FSU first two games. Even after LSU and Oregon played they went onto play easy schedules that just the way it is. You slip like ND did in games that you are playing even against average BCS schools your are going to lose plain and simple.

What needs to happen is what they have done on college basketball play preseason game than no excuses. Than off to play your conference games. It is going to be clear once the super conferences start that there is a need for one game and maybe one other rivalry game than all conference opponents after that.

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 2:22 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

It should read, "a team many IN THE MEDIA figured would be a BCS bowl team."  It's the media's infatuation with ND that is (barely) keeping the program going.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:51 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Supposedly they're a "BCS Bowl team" every year, yet they haven't finished with any less than 5 losses since 5 seasons ago.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:41 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Can you say Tulsa or Ball State?

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:40 pm

Morning Surf Report: Brian Kelly's turnover

Memo to Brian Kelly:

;  You have played 2 unranked (at the time you played them) teams, one at home.  Your team was the favorite in BOTH GAMES.  You make it sound like you are playing top 10 teams or something.  It is certainly not Ohio State's fault (nor Toledo's) that you committed 9 turnovers in those games!  Or that your defensive backs can't cover anyone.  Try having an "underthrown ball" drill in practice.  Toledo would give you, Michigan, and South Florida a great game.  For someone who coached in the MAC and the state of Ohio it is pretty classless to take shots at OSU and Toledo.  You get an actual ranked team this week.  Good luck.

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:05 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. 

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