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Ebeam, i too support modernization of facilities, most notably to the football stadium (I would first upgrade the antiquated bleachers). I think the Guglielmino complex is considered one of the top student athlete facilities in the nation, and with ND's strong and vast (financial) resources, I think more upgrades are forthcoming. But that wasn't the point of my post. Did BK diss CW's recruits--Manti included--because he was underpaid? Did we lose to Tulsa because of an antiquated scoreboard? Was public perception that BK quit against USC last year because ACT requirements r too high? Did we chronically play down to competition this year because natural grass slowed us down? My point is that BK is a coach that I struggle to embrace. ND may win multiple championships with BK at the helm, and i hope we do. I still won't revere BK, his personality, or his coaching style. I will always revere Ara and Lou.
Pay the man and his coaches their rightful money, I agree. Recruiting hardships alone necessitate a sizeable salary. I am confident that will happen regardless who BK were to interview with.
For me, loving ND--the academics, 98-100% graduation rate, spiritual development, unparalled tradition--requires me to accept the hardships those distinctions present.
We who love ND also must make our peace with what is almost a 100 year conflict within the school's leadership that began with Rockne. The Administration has a love-hate relationship with successful football. The only coach who navigated these turbulent waters without public outcry was Ara - and he retired - exhausted from the stress of being HC at ND - at the age of 51.
Three years of watching Kelly build a program and build a brotherhood amongst team and coaches - tells me more about the man than a week of fans crying that ND is burning.
IF IF IF Kelly was promised certain things when he arrived and he now feels that for the longterm building of the program - this is the moment for the administration to step up and pay up - my estimation of Kelly is growing not dimming. And I understand why he would choose this very moment. Kelly's "power" is at its all time high - and probably will never exceed this moment - after this miracle season.
Kelley may succeed and he may not. Holtz utlimately was shown the door. But what I have learned over 50 years of watching the on-going conflict between ND administration and its football coach - the only way a man can last as ND coach over a considered time is to be courageous, not be a "yes" man to the administration or the fans.
We have longed to have such a man and coach since Holtz was shoved out. I think Kelley is standing up and being a man - and trying to help the ND Administration continue to come into the 21st Century landscape of football. His focus has not been on wining one game or one recruit - or one season. He has kept his focus on building a program. He may succeed - he may not. But he deserves our admiration for his guts and coaching instincts and willingness to lay it all on the line. The ND administration deserves our admiration for continuing to find a way to enact traditional values in a time of enormous tests and dilemmas
Does anyone need reminding the drama amongst some fans because Swarbrick was not giving daily updates on the coaching search that ended up with Kelley's hiring? Swarbrick works by stealth. He has earned our trust - and, I believe so has Kelley.
I am not a patient person by nature. This situation is trying. But its not the situation that is at fault - it is our anxiety - and the current media and internet culture of instant gratification. If you need to cry - cry for our lack of patience. Let those more knowledgeable and skilled than we - work this out to what we all hope will be the best resolution for the longterm building of a program.
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