"He would go into his third season (considered the watershed season for all ND coaches) without being settled on a starting quarterback despite have two players going into their junior years (with one being an early enrollee), one player going into his sophomore year (also an early enrollee), and a five star freshman (also an early enrollee). He would also have massive holes and a lack of talent at the wide receiver position.
He would have these weaknesses at QB and WR despite the fact that he runs a pass happy, finesse offense and does not have a working knowledge of establishing a legitimate running game at the BCS level.
He would also having gaping holes in the depth chart and lack of talent at the defensive back position, which would only get worse the following year when his starting safeties both vacate the team.
There would be no buzz or momentum going around the program because of an embarrassing home field loss to USC (for which the coach was more concerned about making TV appearances during the bye week, polishing the helmets, and selecting various Jock Rock songs to play during the game), narrowly beating a mediocre BC team at home, getting manhandled by Stanford, and blowing the bowl game against a 7-5 FSU team because of strategy bumblings on defense in the second half.
He would lose his home opener in his second year to a team that would finish 5-7 and 1-6 in the worst BCS conference in the country.
He would be 0-2 versus Michigan with one of the losses being one of the most epic meltdowns in sports history.
He would get de-pants on prime time national TV against one of the most conservative and least savvy coaches in the nation in Mark Dantonio in his third game as coach at ND on the heels of a blown fourth quarter lead loss to Michigan.
He would follow up his prime time national TV de-pants-ing by having his team bent over at home by a modest collection of three star talents and guys that were generally passed over by ND.
A few games after that he would suffer the worst defeat to Navy in the school's history, also on national television.
He would draw the ire of most of the national media by his purple faced, frustrated tirades on the sidelines as he would demonstrate the maturity and poise of a four year old.
He would divide the locker room after a tough loss to USC by throwing half his team under the bus publicly in an attempt to cover up his own coaching deficiencies.
He would lose to top100 players down the stretch of recruiting because he did not bother to keep up with them or do his due diligence with them after they verbaled.
He would waist his time and energy recruiting another top100 player that would not even have the ability to remain on campus for over two months.
He would lose the first verbal commitment of the class and a life long ND fan.
He would have two of his coaches stolen away from him by Urban Meyer.
He would have all three of his top defensive back recruits stolen away from him by Urban Meyer before he even bothered to organize his first junior day. He would also have his top four offensive line recruits stolen away from him by Michigan before he even bothered to organize his first junior day.
Despite glaring needs at CB for this recruiting cycle he has already received verbal commitments from two 3 star players that are no more highly rated than the players already on campus and one of the players is oft injured and did not even play CB in high school.
He would also have a glaring need for a talent and speed upgrade at the WR position and already accepted verbal commitments from two 3 star players, with neither running under a 4.40 forty.
And to put a cherry on top of this dumpster fire of a regime, he would take a "wait and see" approach for a player that assaulted a police officer and another player that verbally threatened the life of a police officer.
This on the heels of the school have their most visible player suspended for the Spring and Summer under DUI charges the year before and also having a player charged with drug possession (who also did not miss any time).
The only thing Kelly is doing at ND is dragging it down, down, down.
Poor performance on the field, stocking an empty cupboard for the next coach by not getting the necessary quantity or quality of players, making wide sweeping changes to the traditional uniforms by trying to be some half-assed Oregon, cheesing up the stadium experience with Jock Rock, and embarrassing the school with various public tirades.
Would anyone honestly want to hire Kelly knowing all of this?
I didn't think so.
The ND players deserve better."
Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes