Brian Kelly, Welcome To Notre Dame

Clashmore MikeCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2009

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 27:  Brian Kelly the Head Coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats is pictured during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Nippert Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The page is turned, and the Fighting Irish have their new coach.

For my fellow Domers, it's the dawn of a new Irish day. We all know his record: championships at every level of coaching—Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, and Cincinnati—and a steady climb to the top.

So rather than list coach Kelly's merits, I instead want to revisit, one final time, my thoughts on the end of this sorry season, and the transition that's now concluded.


The media hated Weis. Really hated him. And the ND Haters, well, they were all out of their gourds over CW. Will the love fest for the ex-Bearcat's coach continue, or will being at Notre Dame bring him the same irrational scorn? Or with Charlie Weis, was it just personal?

No Meyer

For all the Gators out there, I hope you stay happy with Urban Meyer. He's your man, and he's never coming to Notre Dame.

And to all my fellow Fighting Irishmen, you gotta let him go also. But don't be fooled. When he said he wasn't interested, that translated as "I know I won't get asked." He was never even in the mix this time, and never will be again after the situation he pulled last coaching change.

A Better Search

Hats off to ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick. The contrast between this coaching transition and the back-to-back embarrassments under Kevin White couldn't be greater. There's finally real leadership in the AD position.

Experience Pays

We got the right man on the sideline. We have a guy with college head coaching experience. I'll say it again...HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE in the college game. Brian Kelly is more Ara than Weis, and we'll see it on the field.

As the ushers say as you enter the stadium on game day, coach Kelly, welcome to Notre Dame. Now go recruit!