administration leaves almost no hope for this program. I've said this many times. Notre Dame will have to luck into a great coach because the administration has no clue how to identify and close on a potential one.
This is the worst I've ever felt about this program because it is so far removed from greatness that used to identify Notre Dame Football.
I keep seeing that thrown around tonight, but I can't find a primary source (I've searched). Can you cite or reference something?
team? When he pulled the 'blame on Weis' Guys' routine there was a meltdown, correct. I do seem to remember that Kelly apologized in a meeting and managed to repair his relationship witht he team. Or am i misremembering things?
because it's seem to have become fact today. Where are people getting this (besides our recent results)?
It just seems like we're piling on to say he's lost his team.
Edit: This is not a comment on his coaching ability.
it is more the lack of focus, passion, body language, attention to the coach speaking, etc. on the field. An apparent disengagement and lack of concern for lack of a better way of stating it. Others may have more hard evidence, I really haven't dug into the issue. The 1st occurence was well publicized.
I'd rather be Bill Murray in Punxsatawney
this year. If we had finished 9-3 or maybe 8-4, I could see a NFL team taking a chance on him. No one wants him now.
Now than he was as a new AD with a lame duck coach then. He's made a lot of decisions since then, some of which many of us haven't agreed with, but he's at least shown the appearance of a plan. As I said earlier today, I don't want another lame duck coach, and I would love (and would be pleasantly surprised, to a degree) if we have an AD who can make sure that doesn't happen.
because there seems to be less hope that something will be done about it, even after next year. If Weis hadn't lost to Navy (the loss that Swarbrick said cost him his job) and had figured out a way to get by mighty UConn or Pitt or maybe gotten lucky against Stanford he would have been 8-4 and I'll bet Swarbrick would have argued that his trajectory was headed upward from 3-9 to 7-6 to 8-4. Say Kelly goes 9-3 next year. Will Sawrbrick fire him for that?
But I get your point. If Kelly really has lost this team, the losses won't be by 4, 7, 2, 5, 3 and 7 points like they were in Weis' last year.
It's like the Twilight Zone episode when the guy is in jail sentenced to death for a crime that he didn't commit and he keeps reliving the day of his execution over and over again and the Governor always calls for the stay of the execution 10 seconds after the switch is flipped.
of all his players. Hell, in Palo Alto in '09, the entire team walked out of the tunnel arm-in-arm with Weis. Clausen and Tate left early primarily because of Weis' dismissal. If Kelly has truly lost this team, which some have suggested, then several keys players may transfer, or at the very least, they probably won't help sell Notre Dame to recruits. By the way, is it true that Kelly has "lost the team", or is that just conjecture? Any inside info?
Once a lack of belief permeates within the program and the players no longer trust the coaching staff, exit strategies must be explored at once.
If I were Jack answering these questions would be one of my priorities this week.
It appears that player morale is at an all time low under Kelly and perhaps Kelly's approach has reached its tipping point.
Move on. You know what you have.
Life is too short to live in 8-4 or 9-3 purgatory.
will not be re-done in 2015.
now that UMass has been expelled from the MAC.
Because this feels pretty awful.
of our timing routes and other cutesie plays.
2015 could very well start with a USF11 type thud.
we'll never be able to run the ball. Rules are rules.
have this go-around? He's not a first year AD, and Kelly put him on notice two years ago.
What's your guess for next year? I'm going to say 8-4, and only because the schedule is shit.
Losses to Clemson, Georgia Tech, USC, and either BC or PITT.
BOSTON COLLEGE (Fenway Pk.)
Honestly, I'm not sure I see more than 4 gimmes: UVA, UMASS, Temple, Wake Forest. 6-6 is a possibility.
and I read it without thinking "this guy is full of shit" speaks volumes about where we are with Kelly.
The wine and cheese crowd at UVA will be in a pillow fight with the blue hairs from ND.
By definition, you only get one of those. If Swarbrick announces that Kelly is returning in 2015, then Swarbrick's head needs to be on the chopping block ... and so on, up to the very top.
The same would be true, by the way, if Kelly is fired but we then blunder into another bad hire., e.g., a Pat Fitzgerald-type. To perform his own job properly, Swarbrick has to both get rid of Kelly and make sure his next hire is a significant improvement.
possibility of such change highly unlikely. First Kelly will get another year unless he leaves. That's a certainty. Second, if you predicate that, before any coaching change that ND sign a "better" coach than Kelly, it's simply NOT going to happen. ND will not be able to sign and cannot get a coach "better" than Kelly to come to ND.
coach "better" than Kelly to come to ND? Specifically that ND can't, as opposed to won't. Why are we not able to do so? For what reasons is it not possible?
November 2008 was brutal, especially after an orgasmic win over Michigan. History repeats.
My main hope is that on a preliminary call some agent says "Actually, my client is interested today, not next December."