Kelly: Bowl Or Bust For Notre Dame

(WSCR)Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame job and almost instantly there was an optimism for the future that wasn’t seen towards the end of Charlie Weis’ tenure.

It’s the job and life Kelly wanted. He knows the expectations. His first Notre Dame team started 1-3 and heads were shaking.

The Irish then ran off three straight wins and fans were beaming.

Then came a lopsided and weakness-exposing loss to Navy and here comes talk of another 6-6 season, the same record under Charlie Weis a year ago.

Kelly says the Irish need to get to a bowl game. Notre Dame hosts Tulsa this weekend and they’ll do it without nose guard Ian Williams, who will be out 4-6 weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

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  • Anthony J. Salemi

    Brian Kelly has been a bust of Faustian proportions. He had a “wired” 8-4 cupcake schedule handed to him in his inaugural season, and he’s going to end up 6-6. There is no sense droning on about his miscalculations and coaching gaffes. He’s inadequate as a coach and a human being. For Notre Dame to oontinue their partnership with him would be counter-intuitive. Then again, any university that would put their stamp of approval on the likes of Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weiss might just offer him a lifetime contract.

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