Brian Kelly; Notre Dame
The purple-faced one is staying at ND. Smart move by the Irish; kinda surprised he isn't sniffing around an NFL gig.
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It sounds like WR Amara Darboh's guardians were taken back by the way Brian Kelly losses his poise and composure (while teaching that his team should keep theirs):
“I know how emotional it gets out there,” he said. “I understand that’s part of the game. I really do. But it did shock me. You hold Notre Dame up a little higher than that. It made me wonder how I would feel if Amara was treated like that on national TV.”
When the Notre Dame player reached the sideline, lip readers across the nation were certain they saw Kelly call his player a (f-bomb) something or other. In front of “Touchdown Jesus” and everything.
When the player walked away, the coach followed on his heels and went off again. Always teaching, that guy. But not always learning.
This is also the person in charge the day a student-videographer climbed a 50-foot tower in 50 mph winds to record a practice session and fell to his death. It's been a rough couple of years.
Here’s what Kelly said Tuesday at his weekly news conference: “Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody?”
Then he admitted to being “extremely frustrated” at the time and said, "I've got to do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me, and it seems like that camera is on me more than I'm used to. I'll have to do a better job of controlling my emotions.”
Given what transpired last Saturday I find this pretty ironic:
Brian Kelly is strapping cameras to the side of his quarterbacks' heads:
"Notre Dame has gone to a helmet camera to aid its evaluation of starting quarterback candidates, with Crist wearing the lightweight device on the left side of his helmet as spring practice began Wednesday.
Irish coach Brian Kelly said the program enlisted a company to make a light, portable camera with easily downloadable videos so that the staff could assess with the highest accuracy just where its quarterbacks were looking on any given snap.
"We have depth, we got guys we believe have the ability to run the offense, we want to be able to evaluate all the things they do," Kelly said following practice Wednesday morning. "To make this a real competition, we have to look at every part of their decision making. "
Have at it.
Stewart Mandel has an article in SI arguing that they're back, or at least might be back. He bases this on their late-2010 surge and their recent, defensively-stacked recruiting class, which includes 3 five-star DEs.
Now, I don't put too much stock in Mandel's opinion, as he's known for these kind of premature "could it really mean blah blah" articles. But I think the question of where Brian Kelly has our rival's program headed is a good one. Will Kelly be able to succeed where no one since Lou Holtz has been able to succeed? After all, Willingham and Weis both had good results early before tanking...
What explains ND's troubles when they have such great recruits, year-in, year-out?
This guy makes a point.