Brian Kelly Heading To South Bend

December 11, 2009 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

After leading the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 12-0 undefeated season and a Big East title, head coach Brian Kelly will be announced as the head coach at Notre Dame Friday afternoon.

As for the players in Cincy…they didn’t particularly like the move. Most of the players felt betrayed by the coach that led their program to a 34-6 record in three seasons. “He went for the money,” Gilyard told The Associated Press. “I’m fairly disgusted with the situation, that they let it last this long.” Tight end Ben Guidugli added, “We already knew what he was going to say. We weren’t giving him a round of applause or anything. It’s like somebody turned their back on us. We brought this whole thing this far. We’ve come this far. To have someone walk out now is disappointing.” Quarterback Tony Pike also mentioned how Kelly told his players before the Pittsburgh game about how much he loved Cincy and how much he loved coaching there.

But maybe someone should inform the Bearcats, especially Gilyard, that Cincinnati is not Notre Dame. Notre Dame is arguably one of the most prestigious universities in the entire country, not only for their sports but for their academics. For the Cincy players to say that Coach Kelly “left for the money” is absolutely ridiculous. Coach Kelly took the Notre Dame job because he has worked his way from coaching at a high school, to coaching at Grand Valley State, and finally leading a Cincy team (with no record of significance) to an undefeated season. Notre Dame is a dream job for almost every coach in the country and that’s why Brian Kelly took the job. He earned it. Congrats to Brian Kelly, I’m sure he’ll do just fine in South Bend.

Brian Kelly’s Quick Resume (provided by ESPN):

 34-6 in 3-plus seasons at Cincinnati
• 12 wins this season represent the most for a college head coach in the season before taking over at Notre Dame
• Two-time Big East Coach of the Year
• 19-16 in three seasons at Central Michigan
• Won two D-II championships at Grand Valley State
• Played linebacker at Assumption College (Mass.)

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