Posted by Tom Fornelli
I've never been to El Paso, Texas, so I can't tell you much about the city. I'm sure it's nice and a fine place to spend a few days before the new year while preparing for a bowl game. I haven't been to Juarez, Mexico, either, but I don't need to visit the place to know that I probably shouldn't. The city is right on the other side of the border from El Paso, and it's in the headlines quite a bit for the drug-related murders and the drug cartels who call the place home.
In other words, it's not the safest place in the world to go on vacation.
Which is something that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly knows as well, and he also knows that college kids have a tendency to do stupid things. That's why he's taken his players' passports before heading to El Paso to make sure that none of them get any of those stupid ideas.
“That’s serious. Don’t go over the border, or you may not come back, simply,” Kelly said. “Now I know El Paso is the safest city in the country, but it’s serious. This isn’t, ‘Hey, let’s give it a shot, guys, and jump in the car and see what it’s like.’ You can’t go there, or nobody is going to be able to help you. There’s just been too much turmoil. … You take the passports, they can’t get back. These guys are smart enough to know that.”
A smart move by Kelly because given everything else that's happened at Notre Dame this year, I don't think anybody would be shocked to find out a player had been kidnapped.