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Plus 1, well done Sir!
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One thing that has been consistent throughout this whole ordeal was that we never knew what the facts were, and the fact is, we'll probably never know everything that was/was not said between Kelly and ND. There are still many unanswered questions; some of them will be answered, some will never be. For example, why didn't the AD say anything? According to Swarbrick, he was always in the loop.
As for me, in the immortal words of Mickey in Rocky II after Adrian awoke from her coma and said win:
WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? TAKE THIS!!!
That said, it appears moving forward that this ordeal has had the following impact:
1) Those who never liked Kelly will use this as "fire him" fodder for any perceived imperfection on the team, be it player execution or not. I've seen alot of "colorful metaphors" in reference to the coach (on these boards and others), and I'll stipulate that's Kelly's fault for taking advantage of any capital he earned for this run. You'll also probably never forgive Kelly for this. I won't begrudge you that feeling.
2) Those who have been all-in on Kelly will say this is a bump in the road and will overlook it for the sake of knowing we have a coach who is capable of getting the team to a BCS and playoffs moving forward. To that group, you better hope we don't need 3 OT to beat Temple come Aug 31st, or it will be quite the scene on the boards....
As for me, I think, moving forward, I take from this that the landscape of college football as a whole has changed. ND hired a coach who we know is willing to listen to the NFL. We can take notes from how Oregon handles things with their Kelly in approaching ours. Recognizing that, ND is on the rise, in more ways than one; kids graduate, the coach, like the program, is a hot commodity. I'd say some more on this, but the feelings are still raw for many here. That said, if ND wants to stay at/near the top there are things that the school still must do (regardless of who the coach is) in order to ensure that ND stays at the top of CFB.
Now, lets finish this class in style, find 3-4 more guys who want to keep the train moving and get to Pasadena!!!
Great post. The problem with BK is he truly is a politician, which probably means he has the traits to be very successful in today's college "game". I don't trust him anymore, but was probably naive for doing so in the first place. It is a shame that this was so public as he lost a lot (if not all) of the goodwill he garnered this year with the ND fan base.
That too shall pass.
I'm the biggest Brian Kelly supporter you'll find. I'm so effing ecstatic that he will be here still! YES!!!!!! This IRISH train is just picking up steam!!
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Anybody hear how large the increases are for the assistants?
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