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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 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:14 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

bonadrag75: Doyel was wanting to make sure you knew that his Florida coach could turn even a great school like Notre Dame into an Urban (quag)Meyer of thuggery and overflowing arrest records.

No reason Brain Kelly can't be successful at Notre Dame. He seems like a better fit than some coaches they've hired in recent times.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:12 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Hate to say it Golden Domers, but until the student comes back to the student-athlete portion you're going to have to adjust your standards of winning.

Kelly should hit the ground running, he did the same here in Cincinnati.  His first two years will look like Weiss' first two years.  BCS or on the verge of it, mostly because of that tradition part.  If Notre Dame is eligible, they'll be invited there's too many dollars involved not to invite them.  You can expect a return to victories every year over Navy, but you still won't be able to beat USC and in a couple of years you won't be able to beat Michigan.

College football is different than it was 40 years ago or even 20 years ago.  The talent pool Notre Dame can choose from of people who can fulfill their standards on the field and off are limited.  While Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas can select from 1,000 blue chip players.  Notre Dame can select from 100 and still has to compete with those other schools for their 100.

Brian Kelly, I wish you the best of luck.  And Notre Dame, if he doesn't work out to your expectations, what then?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:06 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Rich Rod is Brian Kelly's litmus test. Rich Rod took the spread to a new place and it has failed so far. RIght now, I expect Kelly to do the same, especially now that he doesn't have a QB and is losing a star WR.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 6:01 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Doyel: Did you really need four paragraphs to make the point that you feel Urban Meyer could coach any program to a BCS bowl, but Brian Kelly is a pretty good poor man's version of him? You must have been drunk when you wrote this. WE GOT THE POINT THE FIRST PARAGRAPH.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 5:59 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Notre Dame will probably never return to the ND of Frank Leahy---multiple championships, multiple Heisman winners, 39 game unbeaten streak.  But a return to the Notre Dame of Lou Holtz is entirely possible--a team that is consistently good, sometimes very good, with the occasional run at a national championship. 

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 5:59 pm

Brian Kelly is the Notre Dame Litmus Test

Its Notre Dame...we always come back.  Have a history on campus of ending streaks, and that is real gold on the Dome. This will be uttered again:  "To win a national championship, you first must go thru South Bend".

As aways...Go Irish! 

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