Kelly's winning percentage ranks 8th among the 12 ND coaches
by ShermanOaksND (2014-12-31 11:38:51)
Edited on 2014-12-31 11:39:16
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who have stayed for 5 years. He's .067 points behind 7th place and .052 ahead of 9th. Nobody below him on the list has stayed for a 6th year.

History shows that we're unlikely to see a dramatic change in Kelly's WP or ranking. None of the coaches on this list saw their final WPs rise more than .006 above their 5-year level. Two of the coaches saw their WPs go up and then back down after year 5. Leahy's record after 7 years rose to a mind-boggling 60-3-5 (.933), but then ND-imposed recruiting restrictions hit and Leahy went 27-8-4 (.744) his last 4 years. Holtz got to 77-19-1 (.799) after 8 years, but then the Malloy administration clamped down on recruiting and Holtz was 23-11-1 (.671) his last 3 years.

If Kelly manages to finish at or above .700, he'll have had the highest rise from his 5-year WP to his final WP in ND history. But even if he were to have increases similar to those of Leahy and Holtz before those two went back down, his WP would remain below the top 7 on this list.

1. Rockne: 39-3-3, .900 (final 13-year WP: .881, -.019)
2. Leahy: 41-3-4, .896 (final 11-year WP: .855, -.041)
3. Harper: 34-5-1, .863 (final)
4. Parseghian: 40-7-3, .830 (final 11-year WP: .836, +.006)
5. Holtz: 46-14, .767 (final 11-year WP: .765, -.002)
(tie) Layden: 33-9-3, .767 (final 7-year WP: .770, +.003)
7. Devine: 44-14, .759 (final 6-year WP: .764, +.005)
8. Kelly: 45-20, .692
9. Brennan: 32-18, .640 (final)
10. Davie: 35-25, .583 (final)
11. Weis: 35-27, .565 (final)
12. Faust: 30-26-1, .535 (final)



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