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First, I will confess that I know nothing. Second, in my opinion,
no one, other than Brian Kelly and Lurie, know anything. I don't
think our athletic director actually knows too much; our players
certainly appear to be in the dark, our recruits know precious
little, and pundits for ESPN, etc. and our fanbase are speculating
from under the mushrooms.
But, I believe we can deduce certain things. First, we know
that in the days immediately following our victory over USC,
Brian Kelly hired an NFL agent---Trace Armstrong. We know
that the "Kelly camp" approached the Eagles (whether the camp
approached any other team, I don't know). We know that Brian
Kelly was at least equivocal in the days leading up to the national
championship game. After all, in hindsight, "leaving is not an option"
can be, at any given time, a categorically true statement if no offer
is on the table. But, the comment---"you have to always be intrigued;
its a question of time and place" certainly can rank up there with
Hirohito's "the war has not necessarily gone to our advantage."
A meeting that was prearranged took place Tuesday and enough
mutual interest was spawned to generate the possibility of a second
meeting. In the meantime, the Eagles keep interviewing and Kelly
keeps silent. And, Swarbrick says no comment.
Conclusion: Brian Kelly is seriously considering the NFL and will
accept a bona fide, realistic offer if one is provided to him. He
is intrigued with Lurie since Lurie is intrigued with him. So, this
is not, and never was, a "ploy" to get a raise, increase assistant's
salaries or obtain additional programatic concessions. Let's put
that one to rest, please.
Now, Kelly may get and offer; he may not. Unfortunately, Notre
Dame must wait on the Eagles' timetable. That's the reality---
early enrollment; team meetings, start of classes; ongoing
recruitment efforts--all will be conducted without Brian Kelly
as long as the Eagles are looking.
In the meantime, it very well may be that Jack Swarbrick has
asked either Chuck Martin or Bob Diaco to "mind the store."
While the evidence to support the above scenario is circumstantial
at best, it is my opinion, since we know nothing, that Notre Dame,
our team, our recruits, our alumni, graduates and subway both,
had better get ready for one of two scenarios:
1) life without Brian Kelly;
2) life with a Brian Kelly with the knowledge
that he will be looking each and every year
to move to the NFL since, we now know
that to him, Notre Dame is a mere stepping
stone to a higher, if more tenuous, glory.
This post was edited by hemy on 1/12/2013 at 11:17 AM
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Very well written and with your analysis- I really feel strongly you release him and move forward - who wants a coach that cannot commit to recruits and or team... it is illogical...
But well done hemy
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