Brian Kelly

December 15, 2009

Alright, can someone explain to me why Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly couldn’t have waited till after the Sugar Bowl to leave Cincinnati? You know what, never mind. I don’t need anyone to explain. Because unless someone has one of his family members hostage and is threatening to kill them if he doesn’t leave right now there is no excuse.

The guy leads his team to a 12-0 season and jumps ship in the championship game. Unbelievable. I guess the 12-0 part doesn’t even matter. They could have been 0-12 and I would feel the same way. Kelly is walking out on the kids he’s been in the trenches with for 3 years so he can gain what? 14 extra recruiting days?

Benedict Arnold.

Benedict Arnold.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand it’s a business and I don’t fault him one iota for taking a better job. Just finish the fricking one you started. For no other reason than it’s the right thing to do.

In my opinion, there’s no reason – money, prestige, better uniforms, better town, anything – that justifies his decision to abandon his team. And I honestly don’t see the upside for anyone. Everybody loses…Kelly, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and the players.

Don’t tell me it was necessary for recruiting. I mean, if I’m being recruited by Kelly right now, there’s no way I’m going to sign the line to play for a guy I can’t trust any farther than I can throw. And I can’t be the only one. How does Notre Dame benefit from that? How does Kelly benefit from that?

I’ve never been a football player, but it seems to me that a big part of the game is emotion, commitment, protecting your teammates, playing for the school not the individual, etc. How will Kelly ever be able to give a pre-game-pump-up-your-player speech about playing the game with integrity with a straight face?

All for a couple weeks. Weak.

Not that anyone cares, but I’m officially boycotting ever watching a game Brian Kelly is involved in. So there.

Brian Kelly.

Brian Kelly.

5 Responses to “Brian Kelly”

  1. Matt Shafer says:

    I couldn’t agree with you anymore Brent. As a proud USC Football fan I have come to an understanding and that is College Footbal is not College Football, it is Professional Football, period. Brian Kelly’s decission to leave his current players high and dry is a bussiness decission and major college coaches pull this stuff all the time. They are not College coaches they are Professionals. With that when people ask me who my favorite professional footabll team is? I proudly respond USC, Fight On!

  2. Brent Mayne says:

    I get it loud and clear. I’m definitely not making a distinction between college and pro football. We all know its money driven. I’m saying no amount of money should make a person (especially a so called “leader”) abandon his troops. Pro, college, Pop Warner, Little League, doesn’t matter.

  3. Royce the Cherokee says:

    I hope he has a good investment guy because after he wins some games with Charlie Weiss’es players like Charlie did with Wilinghams players and Notre Dames kicks him to the curb with the severence (not as big as Charlies) he’ll be coaching at Northeast Southernwest Montana State Cosolidated Junior College Prep University/ Butte Campus. I hope the guy at Cincinnatti beats the hide off the Gators in the Sugar Bowl and goes on a 10 year winning streak, or maybe they’ll invite Kelly back to coach the bowl game, win and dump a Gatorade cooler full of hot chocolate on him. Just another reason to pull for whoever plays Notre Dames. Why don’t they bring Rudy and Charles Dutton back and let them coach.

  4. Bart C says:

    I’m going to have to go against the grain and disagree with you fellas. If given the oportunity to take a job promotion worth 10 million dollars I can honestly say that I would walk on my team. I know I sound like a complete jerk, but I would rather be a jerk than a liar.

  5. Brent Mayne says:

    Bartly, don’t get me wrong, I’d take the money too and bail…I’d just wait a couple weeks to do it. If Notre Dame really wants him they can hang for 14 days or so.

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