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Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Posted on: December 10, 2009 5:41 pm
 
Notre Dame ain't what it used to be, and if you ask me, it's never going to be what it used to be -- one of the dominant programs in college football -- ever again. Not without massive changes in admission standards and scheduling, meaning, a relaxation of both.

But I could be wrong about that. Maybe Notre Dame can stay high and mighty when it comes to academic standards and scheduling practices and still return to its greatness of decades ago. Brian Kelly will be the litmus test.

Urban Meyer wouldn't have worked as a litmus test, because Urban Meyer is too good. Urban Meyer could coach at Ball State, and Ball State would become a national powerhouse. Urban Meyer at Notre Dame? Instant powerhouse, and not because it's Notre Dame. But because he's Urban Meyer.

Brian Kelly is a poor man's Urban Meyer, and if you think that's an insult, think again. That would be like saying I'm a poor man's Ernest Hemingway. I'd take that as an enormous compliment.

And so should Brian Kelly fans. He's a poor man's Urban Meyer, which is to say, he has a lot of Meyer's ambition and ego and offensive flair. But he's not Meyer. He's good, but he's no Meyer.

And so my point is this: If Brian Kelly can't return Notre Dame to its previously great heights, then it can't be done. Short of the hiring of Urban Meyer, which, as I've said, wouldn't prove anything because Meyer would win huge at Baylor or Kentucky or, yes, Notre Dame.

My theory on Notre Dame -- great tradition, but it's never coming back -- will be put to the test by Kelly, who's perfect for the job. He runs a crazy-fun offense that will win over recruits, and he has a huge personality that will win over the media, and he's Irish-Catholic to boot. His name is Brian Kelly , for crying out loud.

Kelly is as good a coach as Notre Dame is ever going to get -- but he's not a can't-miss genius. He could possibly miss. And if he does miss? Then I was right: Notre Dame ain't never coming back.

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Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2009 4:56 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Hey Urban, you can put it away and zip up, he's done. Sounds like Doyel has more than a little man-crush on Urban Meyer.  How many National titles did Uban win before he started coaching the best football program in the country. He has a 3 time heisman candidate running the offense. Lets see how he does with Joe NoSnaps next year. Probably about as well as Pete Carroll did at USC.



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2009 4:56 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Hey Urban, you can put it away and zip up, he's done. Sounds like Doyel has more than a little man-crush on Urban Meyer.  How many National titles did Uban win before he started coaching the best football program in the country. He has a 3 time heisman candidate running the offense. Lets see how he does with Joe NoSnaps next year. Probably about as well as Pete Carroll did at USC.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2009 4:18 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Don't know who you are, but you are a classy dude....glad I read your post.



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2009 4:09 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

First thing I should say is that I hate, and I mean hate Notre Dame Football.  I am a USC and Tennessee fan when it comes to college football, thus it is not hard to see how I have no love for the Irish.  That being said, it seems like Brian Kelly has won and won fast everywhere he has been.  It is amusing to read that Doyle thinks that Urban Meyer is that much better than Kelly...Meyer had not beat SEC, PAC 10 or any other large conference titans year after year in any of the schools he coached until he actually went to Florida.  Thus that seems like an unfair criticism of Kelly who seems to be able to discern the best of the players available to him and a great ability to get the most out of the kids he does get.  That is a great talent, and one that should serve him quite well as the ND head coach where I believe he will turn them back into a contender if not a constant title contender.  If one looks, he got two 5 star recruits to go to Cincinnati last year…first time that had been done.  Anyone who thinks he will not get a load of talent into South Bend has not paid much attention.

Kelly, much like Meyer has everywhere they have been which is a testament to them and the systems they have created.  Ultimately, I think the best coach in the country and the guy I am really glad the Irish did NOT get is Kris Petersen from Boise State.  No top 10 team in the country will play Boise State unless they are forced to by the ridiculous bowl system that is in place.  Boise State has been undefeated in the regular season for 3 of the 5 years he has been the head coach, and just ask Oregon if they have a defense. 

One final thought on Meyer...we will get to see how good he really is next year, when he loses a number of starters off that defense, the defensive coordinator and Tebow (whom I’ve never liked but all the kid did was win).  Pete Carroll has had to do this year after year and it had very little ill effect until it seemed to finally catch up to him this year.




Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2009 10:51 am
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

What makes Kelly's offense great is that it is NOT a spread offense. Its tailored to fit multiple styles, it can fit running qb's, throwing qb's. athletic qb's, slow qb's....  he doesnt limit himself to one particular style. Sure its fast paced, but its not necessarily the spread. This is why he will succeed, he, unlike rich rod, is able to adjust his style to the level/type of talent on his team.  Kelly is one of the most energetic, charismatic leaders in college football.  The guy is good, i am very sad to see him leave cincy- he was a KING here... people loved him! But he is one of those guys who will be successful wherever he goes... trust me. I witnessed UC football for 20 yrs, as an alumni, little brother, cousin of former players.  I sat through their games where they got blasted by teams regularly (70-0 vs Penn State), anyone who could do what Kelly did- will be successful anywhere!  Good luck Coach- thanks for all that you did for our school and community, I hope your dream of being successful at ND comes true!  We will miss you.




Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2009 9:36 am
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

And they still won all of their games. They lost ten defensive starters from last year's team...that usually has an effect. Hire a good d coordinator and continue to score points.  Kelly can do that.  His record speaks for itself.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2009 9:07 am
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Brian Kelly is just one 7-5 or 6-6 season away from being on the hot seat at Notre Dame.  it is amazing how every other college football fan can see Notre Dame's problems and point it out, yet their fans continue to say that it was all the coaches fault.  I agree with Doyal (and I never thought I'd say that because he's an idiot) in that Brian Kelly could be a hero or he could be the next Rich Rodriguez




Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2009 8:42 am
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

A bit contradictory to your post after the Michigan/ND game where you proclaimed that both Rod and Weis could flat out coach (I'm paraphrasing, but the gist is the same), were both off the hot seat, and would have their programs back in short order.  Well here we are in December.  One coach is canned and the other--after going 1-7 in the Big 10--is sitting on the hot throne.  Rod was most likely saved from greater media scrutiny because of Weis' implosion in South Bend, further showing that the circus that was ND football is hardly "irrelevant".

So you won't be offended if I don't wax nostalgic just yet will you?



Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2009 2:08 am
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

i think kelly will be a great domer he has what i think a better background then wies. but wies was great for a offense coordnator but that was he had was offense. kelly got all and hes bringing four great people with him. and for urban yeah great coach but florida was all one player and i dont want to say his name we all know who it is. so if urban is that good lets see what he does now with nobody. so here is a challenge who will be better in 2010 kelly or meyer. i will say meyer so sorry florida time to play as a team not a one man army haha     &
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Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 10:54 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Notre Dame was No. 28 for strength of schedule according to the Sagarin ratings.  Where did your mighty Huskers end up?


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