Notre Dame is on the verge of the playoffs with just one team left in their way. Brian Kelly also has the Fighting Irish on the brink of a second undefeated regular season since he took over. How much longer can we expect Brian Kelly at Notre Dame at the end of the season?
Colin Cowherd and Joel Klatt were discussing what the future held for Brian Kelly and if this was the peak. I have long been a fan of Brian Kelly, even during the 4-8 season. It isn’t blind loyalty, it is what he has been able to do since he took over that impresses me.
Notre Dame is a private school that puts a lot of emphasis on academics. It is also located in the middle of the country and doesn’t really have the regional perks of a Florida State. So to get recruits to come to Notre Dame is already an uphill battle from the start. There is the history and the prestige to play for Notre Dame but that seems to be losing its luster. Notre Dame doesn’t pick up a major bowl win every year or they seemingly lose the big game almost yearly.
It is tough to talk about all that negative and then try to praise Kelly for everything he built. But Kelly consistently brings in top 25 recruiting classes, has taken Notre Dame to a National Championship and has his third 10 win season in the last four years. These are accomplishments that the last few Notre Dame coaches couldn’t say. The last coach to have three 10+ wins in four years was Lou Holtz, that is good company to be in.
So Notre Dame has had an impressive stretch of games and overall have been competitive for the last few seasons. Brian Kelly has kept the Fighting Irish in the conversation of making the playoff for the last few years and has complied quite a few wins. Is this the peak for Notre Dame?
As mentioned previously, Notre Dame has fans clamoring for the glory days but that just doesn’t seem likely. For one reason or another there are multiple factors to take into account that keep Notre Dame from being an Alabama or a Clemson. This could be the mountain top.
Everyone wants a dynasty and to be in the mix for multiple National Championships, I just don’t see it happening. How many teams would suspend their starting QB for cheating on a midterm? At a football powerhouse, I would be surprised if some SEC schools even made the starters go to class.
Now the rumor is kicking back up that Brian Kelly is putting floaters out their to NFL personnel. This isn’t the first time and Kelly is likely to get offers from both college and NFL teams. As great of a job as Notre Dame is, there are always options with a lot less tape to go through. Brian Kelly could see that Notre Dame can only be taken so far and want to move on to a place that won’t tell him no.
Let us know what you think below. Is Kelly here for the next 20 years or the next 2?
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