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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: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 10:09 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

I love how everytime Notre Dame gets a new coach they say "This is the one that will turn it around" Ha!!

Weis won SUPER BOWLS!! Had just as much a potent offense as UC did this year..bottom line they suck at defense!
Notre Dame is a has been in college football. They will never return to the glory days of the 70's and 80's. Once you neive Notre dame fans realize this the better off you will be.

Weis won with Ty's recruits! The fact of the matter is Notre dame wants a winner tomorrow and if not well...

So that being said good luck to you Mr Kelly. In about 4-5 years make sure you have that careerbuilder resume updated because they will boot you out just as they have all the previous coaches!



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:48 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

According to this logic, I wish Meyer had stayed on at BGSU for 2 more years or so before moving on ... Oh well, what could've been ...




Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:24 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Its really annoying when a myth persists and is repeated, ad nausuem by reporters.  ND's academic standards are not the problem.  ND has always had rigid academic standards (even by comparison to other programs in their day) and they were able to win.  ND's standards are not that much more rigid under Holtz's reign than today.  Rigid academic standards did not stop the school from getting back to back top 10 recruiting classes and was on its way to another top 10 this year before Weis got canned.  So the tired argument that ND's academic standards prevent it from being a powerhouse is old, overused and tired.  ND's problems are with its coaching (or lack thereof).  I am tired of hearing the argument and frankly, I think smacks of a bit of soft bigotry of low expectations = read big, talented (mostly black) interior linemen are too stupid and unable to succeed at ND.  I think thats pretty insulting. 



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:07 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

I'm not a Notre Dame fan, but I'm not a hater.  I'm not a Florida fan.  I'm not an Alabama fan.  In fact, I'm a fan of a non-BCS team.  I don't appreciate the BCS.

That being said: I really like seeing good coaches do well.  I love to see a coach like Urban Meyer rise through the ranks.  Get to a premier school, and show that he can kick some serious booty at a major school.  Nick Saban, don't remember his rise really, but I saw what he did with LSU and Alabama.  Its good to see somebody earn their paycheck. 

So,  What will Brian's paycheck be, and will he be worth it?  My answer: I hope they pay him 4 million (not going to happen) and that he shows he is worth every penny!  I hope he brings back the glory days.  I think it would be fun to see him do well.  I would rather have an excellent 9-3 Irish team in a BCS bowl than a crappy 9-3 team in a BCS bowl. :)  I would also like to see another Meyer and Saban out there.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 8:27 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

WRONG.  "To win the Little Caesars, Bowl you first must go through South Bend."



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 8:20 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

There's only one way Nore Dame can relax its schedule. What is it? Everybody now, all at once, - JOIN A CONFERENCE! You can't stay independent anymore. It's too tough. They play USC, Michigan, Stanford, Pitt, BC, Nevada, Navy. All those teams (with the exception of Michigan) won 8 games. There weakest opponent was Washington St who only won one game, but compare that to some of the other big name schools.

You know for playing in the SEC Florida only played two teams ALL YEAR that had 8 or more wins - Alabama and LSU. They played four "gimme" games - Troy, FIU, Charleston Southern and Vanderbilt. I know I mentioned Florida, but it's the same for all these big time schools.

Look at Texas - Texas Tech and Nebraska. TWO SCHOOLS with more than 8 wins. And you can throw Oklahoma in because they are normally right there, but obviously had a disappointing season. Notre Dame played six legit (not counting Michigan this year) teams. This season Florida and Texas combined to only play four. You can't do it.

There are no easy games on the schedule, and in today's game you have to layer three or four joke games in there to rest your players. And the only way Notre Dame could guarantee that is to join a conference. They play four or five Big Ten schools each year, so why not that conference? 



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 8:04 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

As far as the Urban Meyer comparisons go, Urban Meyer wasn't more or less of a known quantity when he left Utah than Kelly is at this stage. I would say that if Kelly makes Notre Dame competitive with Florida and the other elite teams out there, he would be considered an equal to Urban Meyer because he'd have to do it without the benefits that come with recruiting to a warm weather program. Let's wait until he coaches there for a while before we label him a "poor man's" anything.


You are exactly right WireToWire.  I would take Kelly over Stoops or Meyer any time.  First, he wants the job, those guys didn't.  Second, he is still on the rise and is hungry, those guys have already peaked.  Third, he knows how to WIN and finds a way to do it.  He is the perfect hire!



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:50 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

oosterbaan,

You are an idiot if you think that football players at USC are held to the same academic standard as the general student populace.  That is the difference between ND and the majority of Div 1 football programs, the players must meet the same admission standard as every other applicant to the school.  That is what people are talking about when they mention the academic standard at ND.  Do you really think Reggie Bush could get into a school like ND?  The only other schools I know of off the top of my head who require their athletes and students to meet the same high academic standards are Wake Forrest, Northwestern and Stanford as well as all the Ivy League schools of course.  Try acquiring some knowledge before posting garbage on this site.



Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:46 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

If Kelly could get Cincinnati to BCS bowl games with UC's limited resources, it stands to reason that he could do just as well, if not better, with the greater resources offered by Notre Dame. Kelly seems to have a history of adapting to what he finds in the cupboard when he arrives at a new program--he successfully converted UC's run first offense to a spread offense in one off-season.

As far as the Urban Meyer comparisons go, Urban Meyer wasn't more or less of a known quantity when he left Utah than Kelly is at this stage. I would say that if Kelly makes Notre Dame competitive with Florida and the other elite teams out there, he would be considered an equal to Urban Meyer because he'd have to do it without the benefits that come with recruiting to a warm weather program. Let's wait until he coaches there for a while before we label him a "poor man's" anything.

As a Bearcat fan, I'm ticked that he's leaving, but I see nothing to indicate that he won't do an excellent job in Notre Dame. I just hope that UC can improve its facilities enough to keep a good coach for once.




Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:42 pm
 

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

You are garbage. This site is so SEC biased it is disgusting.


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