Kelly 'listening' to Notre Dame | The Columbus Dispatch

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Brian Kelly is 34-6 in three seasons coaching the Cincinnati Bearcats. University of Cincinnati football coach Brian Kelly will interview today for the head coaching position at Notre Dame.
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allknowing12

New York, NY

#1 Dec 8, 2009
As impressive as the job Kelly has done for Cincinnati he is having a laugh if he thinks there's, "just a small sliver of schools" that have more than them. You need sustained excellence and success before your program can stack up to the elites. Regardless, I hope Cincy beats the damn Gators.
Randy

Newark, OH

#2 Dec 8, 2009
I think in fairness to Kelly and UC supporters he is being forward thinking. UC has committed to massive upgrades in facilities and to Nippert. Factor that with the fact that UC quite simply is recruiting Cincinnati itself better can make the UC program very optimistic. The more Cincinnati kids that stay home instead of going to Columbus, Ann Arbor, or South Bend will go a long way toward making those hopes be more fully realized.
Joe

Owensboro, KY

#3 Dec 8, 2009
Being a Cincinnati native I hope Kelly stays in Cincinnati. I just really want to see the Bearcats continue to play good, but if he goes maybe they will be ok. I doubt it though. Also, no offense to Notre Dame fans, but I just don't think a coach can succeed there anymore. The academic standards are too high for the majority of the top tier athletes, and your expected to go to a BCS bowl game every year. I don't think its the right move for Kelly, but I do want to see him succeed and bring the Irish back if he does take the job.
Dude

Charlotte, NC

#4 Dec 8, 2009
There is something wrong here.
1st. When a college, any college, take your pick,
interviews a person for their sports program before the bowl season is over, they are a little less than a school to be admired. Especially when that person is involved in a bowl game. I don't know the answer but its sad.

I'm a Buckeye thru and thru but I'm neutral here.

Say Kelly gets the job; or interviews for it. How is this going to effect UC? I wouldn't want someone coaching my team, especially before a bowl game, who would gladly leave under any reason.
If accepted, should the coach be allowed to be the coach of that bowl game??? He would automatically have terminated his employment with UC upon saying yest to ND.

I'm not downing Kelly, look at all the others doing the same thing. But, I certainly believe that the old Notre Dame ethics they clung to for so long do not exsist any longer.

As I said, I don't know the answer, but, I do believe that these types of problems could be solved. I believe this situation is unfair to the UC fans.
Bill

Columbus, OH

#5 Dec 8, 2009
I heard Kelly's wife is pro-choice and the two of them have gone to pro-choice rallys. not sure if this is fact but gotta wonder how that would go over at Notre Dame.
Pedro

Powell, OH

#6 Dec 8, 2009
It's good for Ohio to have good football programs like OSU and Cincy. Coach Kelly has done a remarkable job in Cincy.
I hope he stays to prove that Ohio teams can match up to Calf. Fla.and Texas as far as football talent in the USA. Texas has U.of Texas,TCU,Houston,Texas A+M and Fla has Miami and U of Fla. Calf. has USC,CAL,and Stanford
Ohio should have at least a couple of top teams to let the rest of the country know that there's some good football being played in the Buckeye State!
Mike Connor

United States

#7 Dec 8, 2009
Notre Dame allowed Barack H. Obama give the May commencement speech. ND does not care that Mr. Kelley is pro choice because they are not a catholic university anymore. How much are they going to bribe coach Kelley?
Bill Grant

Columbus, OH

#8 Dec 8, 2009
These coaches should be fined if they accept another position BEFORE any bowl game, and an even more awesome fine, plus the loss of 10 scholarships for any school that approaches another coach. Plus th coach would forfit any termination payment from his current school. WHY can't they wait until the end of the bowl games ?? And if I were a U/Cinn. player and Kelly left I think I would have tummy cramps on the day of the game with Fla.
Ron

Buffalo, NY

#9 Dec 8, 2009
Kelly had better get out of Dodge while he can. Another embarrassment like he suffered in the Orange Bowl last year will greatly lower his stock. For all you who think that he should wait to after the bowl, well, welcome to the real world. Opportunities will never wait on you!
Big Hank

Columbus, OH

#10 Dec 8, 2009
Brian Kelly is a class act, and all should wish him the best. He has done more for U.C football than any previous coach. Hate to see him go to the place where coaches have gone to die lately, though....
Big Hank

Columbus, OH

#11 Dec 8, 2009
FYI - Kelly has an opt-out of his contract because UC has failed to upgrade facilities as promised within the given timeframes. He has certainly upgraded the team's status. And if he is moving to a job like Notre Dame, which still holds some level of "mystique" for some reason, why should he not be able to coach in the bowl before he officially resigns? If he commits to ND, but doesn't sign a contract until after their bowl game, and the kids want him to coach - who are any of the posters to judge his decision? If you accepted a job effective January 15th, and haven't yet given notice to your employer because you want to work through January 14th and continue to earn your keep - who cares? Give two weeks notice on January 1st and work it out. Who does it hurt if you do not have an non-competitive clause? Think, people - think. He really owes UC very little, they owe him a ton.
Bucktarded

Maineville, OH

#12 Dec 8, 2009
Besides money, name one reason why Kelly would leave? Cincinnati has top ranked recruits that are starting to stay in Cincy, Noter Dame isn't even close to what it use to be, if he goes and does lousy for a few years he'll be fired from there. Kelly could become the King in Cincy, they are already naming sandwhiches aftre him, next will be roads, athletic offices, stadiums, etc. Besides what the hell do people do in South Bend the remainder of the year? There is no other focus except on him. I say coach stays!!!!! GO Bearcats

Since: Oct 09

Akron, OH

#13 Dec 8, 2009
Bill wrote:
I heard Kelly's wife is pro-choice and the two of them have gone to pro-choice rallys. not sure if this is fact but gotta wonder how that would go over at Notre Dame.
Heck... That is probably not a problem for Notre Dame. They are no more a Catholic University than Ohio State now a days! They just have more statues.

Go Bucks!
Martin

Monroe, LA

#14 Dec 8, 2009
Brian Kelly is an excellent coach who I hope would do well at Notre Dame. Notre Dame football can't get much worse than it is now.
As far as his reported "pro choice" views; I don't Notre Dame would care as long as it doesn't interfere with what he would be paid to do: coach football. Beggars can't be choosers, and right now, Notre Dame football is a beggar.
john zeisler

Columbus, OH

#16 Dec 8, 2009
Who gives a hoot what Kelly does!!! It will take more than what he has to turn the Irish around. I'll bet they are sorry they ever hired Wise, a legend in his own mind!

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

#17 Dec 8, 2009
Bucktarded wrote:
Besides money, name one reason why Kelly would leave? Cincinnati has top ranked recruits that are starting to stay in Cincy,
Not anymore.
Knute Shembeckler

United States

#18 Dec 8, 2009
Kelly should accept the head coaching job at ND and merge them with UM after Rich Rodriquez fails again next year. Both Schools can regain a measure their faded glory and share the domination of College Football! With 22 national titles, no one would even be close in prestige! What a great mascot the would have," The Irish Wolverines!" Their fight song would bel" Hail to the Golden Dommers". The "Irish Wolverines" would be guaranteed a BCS Bowl appearance each year. If they couldn't win the Big Ten, they could still go as an Independent. When they split up the lucre from their Bowl Games, ND Gets to Keep half, Michigan gets to Keep a quarter, and the rest of the Big Ten Schools get roughly 1/40 of the share. Both of these Schools are deserving of National Championships BCS Bowl appearances and all The other accolades that the Sport has to offer. ND hiring Kelly and merging with Michigan is a step in the right direction.
weneedboback

Chicago, IL

#19 Dec 8, 2009
Kelly is getting out now before he gets caught cheating. Cincinnati is a mid major team that is no better than Ohio or Toledo if they played by the rules.

Watch out Kelly, they watch what you do at ND!!!
Big Hank

Columbus, OH

#20 Dec 8, 2009
weneedboback wrote:
Kelly is getting out now before he gets caught cheating. Cincinnati is a mid major team that is no better than Ohio or Toledo if they played by the rules.
Watch out Kelly, they watch what you do at ND!!!
No, weneedboback - that is that school up North that gets caught cheating. Rich Rod can't even keep a legit training calendar. Give the guy his due - he put UC in a BCS game, which prior to a couple of years ago, was not even a pipe dream for their fans.
just my opinion

Hopkinsville, KY

#21 Dec 8, 2009
Big Hank wrote:
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No, weneedboback - that is that school up North that gets caught cheating. Rich Rod can't even keep a legit training calendar. Give the guy his due - he put UC in a BCS game, which prior to a couple of years ago, was not even a pipe dream for their fans.
Make that TWO BCS games...he took UC to the Orange bowl last year....

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