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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.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:32 pm

Tired of the admissions excuse

Could we PLEASE stop using admissions standards as an excuse for Notre Dame's football team?  ND is ranked 20th by US News' in their recent undergraduate academic polls, while USC was 26th.  USC is a private school like ND yet no one EVER brings up their academic standards as a barrier to recruiting.  Quit acting like ND is Stanford (who ranks at #4 yet is better than ND this year).  It's funny how academics were never mentioned as a barrier to entrance for notre dame football players until recently.  And ahem, they were NEVER a problem for cheatin' lou holtz.  Any big time program can get players if they want, academics be damned.  Now it may be more difficult attracting players to northern schools who wont look the other way when boosters give them money, cars, women, etc. like those good-ole-boy southern schools who have nearly as many players in trouble with the law as they have graduate (check the graduation rates if you do not believe me).  An even more significant point is that the best high school football players continue to come out of california, florida, ohio and texas (and sometime pennsylvania), while the best college teams in the last couple of decades have come from california (USC), florida (UF, FSU and Miami), ohio (OSU) and texas (UT) (settle down, I know there are others not on that list like Oregon, but they have Nike and my point is still made...).  Heck even USF, Central Florida and FIU have gotten better.  Seems like schools have learned how to keep more of their talent at home and are finding greater success therein.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:07 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

I don't know how you're defining "come back."  If you're saying they'll never go to a BCS bowl game or win a national championship again, I disagree.  The academic standards are high, but, look at what Stanford did this year.  ND gets great recruits and has a lot to chose from.  $ runs college football, and ND is just as influential as anyone.  ND isn't an oppressed Catholic immigrant school anymore, and it will never be exactly the same as it was.  However, kids want to be on TV, and ND is on TV every week.  The quality of the recruits is good.  The fan following is great, and the team will be back with the right coach.

You give Urban Meyer too much credit.  If he can win at Baylor, then, he should do it.  Almost any Florida school as dream recruits compared to Baylor.  Give me a break.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:04 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Doyel, you are an idiot !  Did you even attend a college, I know your intelligence standards or ACT's would not get you admitted to a Div II school.  ND doesn't have to return to Knute Rockne days just be better than Michigan.  We will beat USC and we will redeem our national spotlight. And you will eat crow !  Sure we would have liked to land Meyer but so would every other school.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:46 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

A poor man's Ernest Hemmingway?  I thought you were a poor man's Mike Freeman. 

Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:43 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Once again, another top FBS college did not, and had no intention of interviewing an African American for their head coaching I right or am I wrong, but didn't Ty Willingham have a better overall record than his successor or predecessor?

The NCAA seriously needs to adopt its own version of the "Rooney Rule."

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:40 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

The best thing the golden dome has ever done is go flying into the air when Henry Hynoski knocked them off of ND players. When they beat real teams then we will talk. This is the most overhyped team that has gone 16-21 in the last three years.

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:31 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

"Not without massive changes in admission standards and scheduling, meaning, a relaxation of both."

How could Notre Dame relax their schedule any further? Replace USC with Eastern Michigan? Oops. Better not give them any ideas!

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:26 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

I thought Charlie ran a crazy fun offense. The problem is no matter how many points you score at some time you have to play defense. Notre Dame hasn't played defense since about 1993. By the looks of Cincy's defense they haven't played much either.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:25 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

In my opinion, Notre Dame should be very grateful and happy about this hire. While their history is excellent, they have lost their powerhouse status over the last few years. To get someone like Kelly is great for them. I wish him, and Notre Dame, the best of luck, and hopefully their ego's won't get too big once Kelly turns this program around.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:16 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

I wouldn't say it's a failure.  The spread is so different from other offenses, how long does he get to bring in the types of players he needs to run it?  This is what the end of his second season?  The first was a throw away because all of the Quarterbacks left and he was left with three guys he found playing pick up games in the parking lot.

This year he got you ranked, but it's hard to sustain it over a  season if you don't have a roster full of players you brought in.  Next year he should be in contention for one of the better bowls and finish no lower than fourth.  The year after he should compete for the Big Ten title.  He misses either of those last two benchmarks, then it's a failure.  For now, it's too soon to tell.

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