I have never liked Notre Dame. I grew up in the 80s as a huge Canes fan, and was never happier than when Jimmie Johnson dispatched Lou Holtz and co. back to their church or campus, or whatever they called it back then.
Of course, as with many of my views on sports, this isn’t a universal feeling, and the head coaching job at this school is one of the most prominent jobs one can aspire to as a head coach.
Of course, they aren’t so good at picking head coaches even now, and have spent the past ten years going with a merry go round of bad, mediocre, and really bad.
I laughed when George O’Leary was caught lying on his resume and lost his chance at the job. Smiled and actually rooted for them when they hired Ty Willingham, only to wish nothing but the worst upon them when they fired him three short years later, and brought in Charlie Weis.
Of course the story of his five years at Notre Dame is fraught with ineptitude and failure, on both sides. After finishing with the record that got Ty Willingham fired, he was offered a 10 year extension. Yeah, that’s what I said too. It is what it is though, and even he has been sent packing, and can expect to collect every dime he signed for. Not bad for a total and epic failure.
Next up? A nice Irish Catholic guy from Boston named Brian Kelly. What could be more perfect for a Catholic University? Just from the press conference he looked elated, and his demeanor seems to be what those freaks in South Bend need after so much recent failure.
Unfortunately, the players and fans at Cincinnati don’t like that he’s leaving them behind, and have made their displeasure known.
His players walked out on his goodbye speech, and some folks in town decided to cover his house with eggs. Classy? No. Stupid? Hell yes.
I kind of feel sorry for his players. They probably expected him to be loyal to them and stay until they left or graduated. They haven’t yet learned the lessons of the real world, where organizations will use you to get what they want (in this case BCS money and proof that he could build a program into a winner) and then go on with their lives, leaving you and yours to pick up the pieces.
I’m sure it stings, but it’s just a part of life. Is egging his house going to make him say to himself, “Wow self, I really screwed the good people of Cincinnati over. I should stay, clean this egg off my house, and not move my career forward to make them happy.” Right. Super logical. I know.
Maybe it made them feel better to cause him some sort of stress. Hell, maybe it was a guy who cleans egg off houses that did it hoping for business.
At the end of the day, it was pretty much useless, and one would hope that all sides take a lesson from it.
As for Kelly at Notre Dame? I’m sure he’s glad he got the gig now. He claims this is his dream job, and I’m sure the people of South Bend will treat him like the second coming-until he loses. Lets see how he feels in five years. I’m pretty sure I won’t be watching, but it should be pretty funny.
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