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?
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.