During his first two years in South Bend, Brian Kelly
coached Notre Dame
to a 16-10 record, and one bowl win. In his third season, the Irish went undefeated (12-0) in the regular season only to get throttled by the Alabama Crimson Tide
in the national title game. So Kelly does have a BCS Championship game appearance on his resume, even though they only showed up on paper; they didn't seem to show up for the actual game. During Kelly’s tenure, the most prestigious program in college football
has seen a lot of negative attention; mostly off-the-field.
In just three years at the helm, there have been eight incidences of bad press
to hit Kelly’s Fighting Irish
program. Some of the negative publicity is warranted, some is overblown. Three were essentially the same thing (underage alcohol citation/arrests) and two involved student fatalities. And one involved the fatality of a fake person. Heck, the ND quarterbacks alone
have provided enough drama lately to fuel a whole season of Friday Night Lights
Let’s go through all eight...
During the Civil War, you often literally had brother vs. brother. According to the Alabama Crimson Tide
fight song they are “Dixie’s football pride.” And Indiana (despite the fact that it often votes with the old Confederacy these days in elections) was a Union state. So this Notre Dame
vs. Alabama national title game matchup does have a bit of a Civil War feel to it.
Here are two brothers who fit the mold: Thomas Rayam Bama 90′ and I-Hardy Rayam Notre Dame
80′ are the only brother combination that played for both Notre Dame
and Alabama. Ironically, some local people don’t understand why some national news source have not given this article some attention. Hardy Rayam, graduated from Notre Dame
1980′ BBA and was on Notre Dame
’s 1977 Football National Championship Team. Hardy Rayam is also a Two Times Liver Transplant Survivor, since 1997 (PSC-Walter Payton)...
NBC Sports network is truly suffering from the NHL lockout. The network known last year as Versus, and Outdoor Life Network previous to that, is really hurting in the ratings department. In fact the only thing drawing viewers at all is hunting and fishing shows. Notre Dame game replays are not helping the network. Although the numbers are obviously not in yet for the New Year's Day ND marathon on programming. But I'm guessing it won't be favorable considering it had to compete with live college football bowl games.
As the NHL lockout could be nearing an end, things may turn around soon for the struggling channel...
Today was Notre Dame media
day, and with it Brian Kelly
addressed the media
contingent concerning the be here before you know it 2012 season. The Irish open up in Ireland; taking on Navy in Dublin in the Emerald Isle Classic. The Irish still don’t have a quarterback set, and have a bit of a Hobson’s Choice type situation going on there.
They also have a brutal schedule this season, making it a challenge for them to reach 8 victories for the third straight year...
As usual, there’s a lot of hype and anticipation heading into next college football season regarding Notre Dame. It’s not like last season where gridiron experts are projecting them into a BCS bowl, instead it’s more about their schedule (how tough it is) and how NFL ready some of their talent is. Especially keep an... Read more »
Twitter is one of the greatest inventions ever for a sportswriter. It’s a chance to obtain legitimate quotes from players and coaches without actually being at the stadium or even having a press credential. And sometimes the quotes are much more interesting than what you hear on gameday, because they haven’t been filtered by Public... Read more »