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I got a text this morning from a guy who plays golf with Kelly when Kelly's in Florida. He said Kelly is currently negotiating with Notre Dame, and he expects an announcement tonight or tomorrow. He believes Kelly will stay at Notre Dame, but is surprised at the level of interest Kelly has shown in the Eagles position. The guy didn't say that he had or had not talked to Kelly about this, and I'm not going to bother him by asking.
The good that I can see coming out of this is that Kelly can return, tell his team, coaches and recruits that he investigated every possible angle of coaching in the NFL. He can say that he wanted to be absolutely certain that he was doing the right thing in turning down NFL money; that he owed that to himself, his family and his assistant coaches, many of whom he would have invited to go with him if he left. Ultimately, he decided that he's a college coach because he wants to help fine young men become great grown men, and that Notre Dame is the only place that can be done while also winning national championships. Having made this decision, he then began to negotiate for better pay for himself and his assistants, and for other things that the program needs to win at the highest level. Having gotten what he needs, he can now assure them all that things will get better than ever in South Bend, and that he will be around for a good, long time.
This post was edited by Mr Rice128364 15 months ago
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What about Kellys parents contacts???
This message is pretty consistent with what Kelly tells recruits about exploring all the angles before committing to a long term agreement with Notre Dame.
Thanks for posting
Sounds false, too much detail.
No reason to doubt you as you are always earnest and dedicated to ND in your posts!
Hope you are right. My blue and gold heart can't take much more of this!
Meh. Hoping he goes at this point. We can win without him.
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The only way that would be at all acceptable to me is if you went with him.
Now that's funny. And you didn't mention his name, so it didn't cost u a dollar!
+1 from me sir
Why thank you!
about what I figured. But I wonder if he realizes the drama he created by his little escapede?
He is still our coach, and a good one, and will be as long as he can handle the stress, IMHO.
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agree with Merlin which i rarely do... why want a guy who is seriously considering leaving after having one good season... not for me personally I am in the minority tho- many other coaches out there that can take us over the top- IMHO
whatever happens- this whole thing was handled in a childish manner- unprofessional, and with an arrogance that irks this guy but... if you want him I think you will have him back
Your friend "believes" Kelly will stay at ND. Fair enough, but it's, by no means, a done deal as of this moment. Plus, he was surprised at Kelly's level of interest in the Eagles position. Meaning that if what your friend believes will happen doesn't, Kelly could still wind up in Philly. It's a least still plausible.
Still, for the sake of argument (or no argument), I will concede that all of that is true, as I hope it is.
But, then, what about the second paragraph of your post? That's all conjecture on your part, correct? And while I would certainly welcome Kelly making those comments, they do sound almost professionally spun, i.e. the most politically correct kind of thing Kelly could say.
Do you think, if Kelly is as much his own man as some would argue, that he would actually say all of that, and, if he did, that people would believe him? Or would they regard it as merely truce-talk and/or round one of an ongoing annual or bi-annual saga that will only end when Kelly finally does leave?
Is it really credible to believe that, in the wake of this little contretemps, the odds are that Kelly will be around, as you put it, "for a good, long time" and that he will also be willing to state that? Bearing in mind, of course, he has yet to confirm that he's staying this time around.
Finally, as I'm trying to remain agnostic on the issue -- wait for the facts -- I am just as wary of being overconfident as defeatist. (From what I have written, I hope that's already clear.) But my sense, from your post, is that Kelly's return, as you see it, is just a matter of working out the details. Is that correct?
I don't have access to inside information on anything regarding ND football and probably never will, so when someone presents some, I'm always extremely interested.
It always hurts to think someone might rather be with someone else more than they want to be us. Especially when the we is Notre Dame, which we all know and love as a home in our hearts. Everyone is entitled to their opinion as to how this was handled. But, Muschamp interviewed with the Bears, and ESPN never touched it. Chip Kelly interviewed two years in a row, has a program about to be maimed by sanctions, and there was little public criticism of him. Stoops has interviewed after four different seasons to increase his pay scale, and no one had a bad word to say about him.
My point is that a lot of the "way this has been handled" is ESPN fanning the fire, and the personal insult we feel that anyone might choose to be somewhere other than Notre Dame. If Kelly is publicly on board by tomorrow, what has been hurt? We might assail his character, but he has every right in the world to investigate other opportunities. Recruiting won't suffer in the least, as he'll be seen as having done his due diligence and determined that Notre Dame is his long term home. I do think it's important, though, that he is on board before the Eagles hire someone else. His return needs to be seen entirely as his decision, and not as what's left to him because the Eagles didn't want him.
There is a part of me that feels as you do. Let's go get Charlie Strong. Let's get David Shaw. Let's get Kevin Sumlin. But, what if they don't want to come? I think my overriding thought is that if he returns, I'll welcome him and pull for him as I always have. But, where I might have before been willing to eventually link him with Holtz and Parseghian, he'll now have to do a whole lot to get me back to that point. Still, I'll root for his teams as hard as I ever have, because he'll be coaching the Irish.
Just a few more thoughts. That's about all we have to do these days.
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