Notre Dame is receiving overwhelming positive press on the hiring of Brian Kelly. Kelly will officially be introduced as the Notre Dame head coach later today, but here are some video clips and excerpts from some stories around the internet on the hiring.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit thinks Kelly and Notre Dame are a great fit.
Lou Holtz thinks Kelly will do a tremendous job and that it was an excellent hire.
ESPN’s Brian Bennett says Notre Dame hired the right guy.
He has the uncanny ability to make players believe just about anything. He convinced tight end Connor Barwin to move to defensive end his senior season, and Barwin ended up leading the Big East in sacks and getting drafted in the second round by the NFL. He talked quarterback and Notre Dame transfer Demetrius Jones into playing linebacker. He even got Marcus Barnett to buy in to playing receiver and cornerback this season.
SI’s Stewart Mandel says Irish eyes are smiling upon hiring Kelly.
Will Kelly win at Notre Dame? It’s hard to imagine he won’t. He did so, and did so quickly, not just at Cincinnati but at Central Michigan (MAC championship in his third season) and Grand Valley State (consecutive Division II national titles, six playoff appearances in 13 years). The spread-offense mastermind takes over a ready-made team that returns a touted quarterback (Dayne Crist) and a slew of offensive playmakers (Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, Armando Allen, Robert Hughes). It’s not unreasonable to think Kelly can come in and make a major splash immediately, a la Weis in 2005, with a team that has suffered not just from bad coaching, but bad chemistry.
Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel says that Kelly has the right stuff for Notre Dame.
It’s why one of Kelly’s chief attributes should be so valuable – he knows how to win with other people’s players.
This isn’t Rich Rodriguez going to Michigan and demanding the roster change dramatically for him rather than he change even a little bit for it. Rodriguez wants to run the spread and the spread only and if that meant watching a guy such as Ryan Mallett, possibly the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft, transfer to Arkansas, then so be it.
Of course, so be it meant 1-7 in Big Ten play for the Wolverines.
Kelly has won with every kind of roster imaginable. He’s a coach, not a system. In Division II you adapt your game plan to your players because you can’t just go out and get the perfect group of players.
Eric Hansen reports that Aaron Taylor thinks Kelly is the coach that Notre Dame needs.
“When I was playing for Lou Holtz, there was a standard,” said Taylor, the 1993 Lombardi Award winner. “It wasn’t his standard. It was the Notre Dame standard. It was almost a mythical standard.
“And even when we won, there were times we got our (butts) reamed, because we weren’t living up to it. It was bigger than ourselves. It’s an obligation to the players who have gone before you and will come after you. And that’s been sorely lacking the past 15 years.
“From what I see in Brian Kelly, he’s the kind of man who can bring that back.”
Even Dennis Dodd thinks Notre Dame made a good hire and that Kelly will win at Notre Dame.
Why will Kelly succeed? Go back to the first line of this column. He has substance. The problem is that you can’t touch, hear or smell substance. For now, fans will watch NBC for it, fans will pay season-ticket money to watch it and media will flock to South Bend to write about it.
The rest is up to the latest cocky, Irish-Catholic offensive genius from New England coming off a string of championships.