Brian Kelly; Notre Dame
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.
We all know about the mishap which resulted in the death of Declan Sullivan, who was filming the ND practice on a scissor lift in very windy conditions, and how the AD came out and basically denied that wind was a factor until the one gust which caused the accident.
Well, a female student - Elizabeth Seeberg - at nearby St. Mary's College committed suicide in September. She was a freshman at St. Mary's and was from Northbrook, IL, about 20 minutes from where I live. Apparently, she had filed a report with Notre Dame campus police that a Notre Dame football player sexually assaulted her on 8/31.
From the article linked above:
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, a freshman at neighboring St. Mary's College who had battled depression, apparently overdosed on prescription medication in her own room during the third week of classes in September. The player, meanwhile, has remained on the field.
More than two months later, Notre Dame refuses to publicly acknowledge the case, and what actions university officials have taken to investigate her allegation remain largely unknown.
According to the editorial linked above:
It's time for transparency, a foreign concept on Notre Dame's campus.
No matter what Notre Dame knows about the details in its own police report, officials owe the Seebergs that much. If the family was satisfied with Notre Dame's investigation, it wouldn't have hired Zachary Fardon, the lawyer who took down former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, to dig for the truth.
I don't know what is going on on that campus, but it ain't pretty. These stories strike particularly close to home for me as a parent and as a local resident (Declan Sullivan's family lives in my town and the Seebergs are just 20 min away).
And for the record, ND Nation has put up a notice that discussion is not allowed on the topic because there is no first-hand knowledge, that they are "not in a position to assess the sufficiency of the investigation, and therefore take no position regarding the sufficiency of the investigation." Ironically, this follows a statement that they believe ND was investigating and taking the complaint seriously. Talk about of both sides of your mouth much?