Posted by Tom Fornelli
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was in Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday to give a speech to the Notre Dame Club of Northern Alabama, and while he was there he also made a $5,000 donation from his Kelly Cares Foundation to be used for tornado relief in Alabama. Of course, while visiting tornado-ravaged parts of the state and making a donation was incredibly kind of Kelly, it wouldn't be a Notre Dame Club meeting if talk didn't turn to Notre Dame football.
Which Kelly made clear that, while he was pleased about his team's direction following a four game win streak to finish the 2010 season, there's still plenty of room for improvement. He also went on to say that for the Fighting Irish to once again be taken seriously on a national level, there's only one thing it can do: beat a team from the SEC.
"Clearly, if I'm one of those average college football fans, I think I'm asking the same question," Kelly told the group. "Notre Dame will be taken serious when they beat an SEC team."
Of course, at the moment, Notre Dame does not have a game scheduled against an SEC oppoenent in any of its upcoming schedules. Something Kelly hinted at by saying that he hoped that win over an SEC opponent would come in a BCS bowl game. Also, while the talk of beating an SEC team is nice, what Notre Dame fans really care about is winning a national championship, be it against an SEC school or a Big 12 school, the Golden Domers don't care. Kelly addressed that situation as well.
"I don't mind listening about the past. I think that's great and I don't mind being reminded about it. I don't like to mortgage my future. I like to live in the present. And in the present, we need to win at Notre Dame. We need to win right now."