It seems to me that the shitstorm hit RichRod pretty quickly when he let West Virginia. His team was coming off a loss that likely kept them out of the National Championship game, so though they were going to a big bowl, it was consolation prize time when he quit.
Brian Kelly, on the other hand, bailed on a team looking to establish themselves as a national power. It has to deflate the team badly going into the biggest game in the history of the school. So if Florida stomps them in Tebow's swan song (there is a latent gator pun in there somewhere) lots of people are going to write that Cinci is going to crawl back into their Ohio hole.
Kelly's timing is horrible, and totally disrespectful. One month of recruting is so important that he is sacrificing a program he purported to be dedicated to for years.
Is this all some form of Irish Teflon?
The ESPN article on Kelly's departure from Cincinnati specifically mentions that Jeff Quinn, his offensive coordinator, will coach Cincy in the Sugar Bowl. It also mentions that Quinn has been with Kelly for 22 years, from GVSU to CMU to Cincy. My question is, how big an impact has Quinn had on Kelly's success as an offensive innovator? Also, will Quinn stay at Cincy if he's going to coach them in the SB? He wasn't listed along with other candidates for the head coaching job at Cincy....
Basically, I'm just curious to hear what people think the effects of either action by Quinn will be.
If Kelly goes to ND as expected, I wonder if he will be able to pull more recruits from OSU. Even though he won't be in Ohio anymore, ND has higher visibility than Cinci and Kelly's more recent connections are to high schools in Ohio and its southern neighbors. I know he was also in the state of Michigan (at CMU) at some point. But his connections in MI probably won't be as active now.
So I have a bunch of hard-blogging Notre Dame fan friends (I will even admit to having them) still insist they are after Stoops and Meyer.....but that Meyer's wife hates the cold weather, having lived in S. Bend already.
I remind them of all the obstacles and buyouts, but they just shrug. When Kelly's name comes up, they point out that Cinci doesnt play much D either, so Kelly is just a Weis-type with no pro experience to sell recruits.
How about Les Miles to Notre Dame? Think LSU's admin has noticed the number of losses increasing every year?