Why Brian Kelly Leaving Is Best For Notre Dame

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Mixed emotions for Brian Kelly make this a hard one to write. Kelly has brought Notre Dame back to the brink of a championship. Of course, we wish him well. All the best for him and his family.

But the truth is, Kelly is not the one to get Notre Dame to the very top. The success that he has had, and the success he was about to have at Notre Dame, is more about who he has surrounded himself with than what he actually has done himself.

The recent surge in recruiting was more because of Marcus Freeman. The trip to the championship game was more about Bob Diaco. Kelly has always been a delegator. His success has been directly related to who he has been delegating to. And he has struggled mightily when it comes to winning the big game.

Remember the scene in “Rudy” when Rudy wants to quit the team? Remember what Rudy’s friend said? “Everything you have done, everything you have said, it is all B.S.”

That is the way it has always been with Kelly. He marveled at what Notre Dame stands for in his press conference when he got the job. When he struggled early on he said that he had a plan and he was sticking to it. When asked many times if he would stay at Notre Dame he always made us feel that he would. He said he wanted a championship and a statue on campus. And now he is gone.

But It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he is leaving in this fashion. He did the same thing to Cincinnati. Kelly obviously doesn’t believe that he can finish this job, or he would still be on it. Just like he doesn’t believe that he can find success in the NFL either, or he would be there. Notre Dame needs a closer, not a quitter.

The new coach, whether it is Luke Fickell, Marcus Freeman or even Urban Meyer, will result in Notre Dame being better off. As Kelly is humbled by Alabama, Georgia and the SEC in the next couple of years, he will get to watch someone else bring the Irish to the championship, and finish the job that he couldn’t finish.

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Daniel Decheneaux

Daniel tackles all things Notre Dame University, with the Domer News Blog.
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