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Notre Dame Recruiting: Brian Kelly Enters Critical Final Stretch

With one week until thousands of high school players put pen to paper and officially become committed to their schools of choice, Brian Kelly and his football staff are working furiously to round out their staff. In the last couple of weeks, after a number of de-commitments from the 2017 class (after experiencing none last cycle), the Irish coaches added a slew of new offers, over 20, in an attempt to salvage what was once considered a top 10 class.  Will it work? For the record, I’m not a big class ratings guy. Brian Kelly has proven again and again ...

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Analyzing Notre Dame Football’s Extreme Makeover

Gosh, we expected changes, but this? We all knew a shakeup was going to be coming; Brian Kelly and his football team couldn’t endure a 4-8 season and simply run it back with the old gang while making a tweak here and there. I’m not sure anyone saw the makeover that took place within the coaching staff, and probably most surprising, Kelly giving full control of the play calling to a new comer in the program, offensive coordinator Chip Long from Memphis. In all, Notre Dame is likely to welcome five new coaches, including both coordinators, and make an overhaul of the ...

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Brian Kelly Giving Up Notre Dame Play Calling Duties a Big Deal

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Head Coach

When Mike Denbrock left Notre Dame to become the offensive coordinator on Luke Fickell’s first staff at Cincinnati, we heard a lot about how Denbrock was going to lose his play calling duties at Notre Dame.  At the time, it was assumed Brian Kelly was taking them back under his control.  Then when news broke that Notre Dame’s new offensive coordinator was 33 year old Chip Long, we heard again how this was in an effort for Kelly to call the shots.  Well, not so fast my friend. Notre Dame finally officially announced the hiring of Chip Long yesterday – gotta ...

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Pressure is On Brian Kelly to Find Offensive Coordinator

With Thursday’s news that Mike Denbrock is leaving Notre Dame to become the offensive coordinator for Cincinnati, the pressure just dialed up on Brian Kelly.  Notre Dame’s embattled head coach has three vacancies on his offensive staff and Denbrock’s departure tells us Kelly didn’t want to give him too much control of the offense. Mike Denbrock has called the plays for Notre Dame the past two seasons despite Mike Sanford holding the offensive coordinator title. With Sanford out, the easy move would have been for Kelly to simply promote Denbrock and give him control of the offense.  Denbrock leaving for Cincinnati is ...

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Latest Brian Kelly NFL Rumors Don’t Add Up

Brian Kelly NFL Rumors

ProFootballWeekly created some click bait a little buzz on Thursday with a post making it sound as if Brian Kelly was desperately trying to find any NFL team to offer him a head coaching job.  Sorry PFW and any Notre Dame fans still clinging to hope Kelly will not be the head coach in 2017, but the rumors just simply do not add up.  Everything that Kelly has done since the Notre Dame season was put out of its misery suggests he is doing all he can to turn things around at Notre Dame. If you choose to believe the ...

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Brian Kelly Fails to Make Necessary Adjustments

Notre Dame and NC State played in the middle of Hurricane Matthew last Saturday. In hindsight it’s easy to see the game should not have been played. Nevertheless, the game was played and NC State played under the same field conditions as the Irish. One would think that since Brian Kelly had experience in hurricane like conditions in the Clemson game last year, that the Irish would have been better prepared. They weren’t.  From start to finish NC State’s Head Coach, Dave Doeren, had a better strategy than Brian Kelly. It was clear from the start of the week that ...

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Brian Kelly Recaps Notre Dame’s ’16 Fall Camp Day 1

Brian Kelly spoke to the media after Notre Dame’s first fall camp practice for 2016 on Saturday.  Kelly only spoke for about 10 minutes, but thanks to the fine team at Fighting Irish Media, we have the video below along with some notes Kelly had high praise for freshman running back Tony Jones. Josh Adams had some cramping problems and Dexter Williams was held out due to sickness which opened the door for some reps for Jones and Kelly gave the frosh some props for how well he performed. Kelly didn’t exactly sing the praises of his wide receiver group ...

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Brian Kelly 2016 Notre Dame Fall Camp Presser Notes

Brian Kelly addressed the media on Friday to officially kick off the 2016 Notre Dame football season with the Irish starting fall camp tomorrow.  Kelly addressed a number of topics on Friday as the Irish look to build on last season’s Fiesta Bowl appearance and challenge for a spot in the 2016 College Football Playoffs. We will have plenty on what Kelly talked about on Friday throughout the weekend, but for now, here are some notes from Kelly’s first presser for the 2016 Notre Dame football season! Quarterback Race There is no timeline for selecting a starting quarterback for the ...

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16 Questions Heading into Notre Dame’s 2016 Fall Camp

Every year 128 teams have a laundry list of questions surrounding their programs as fall camps kick-off across the country.  For Notre Dame in 2016, their list of questions might be more like the laundry list for everyone on the block.  The Irish lost seven starters on both sides of the ball, are facing yet another quarterback battle in fall camp, and still don’t know if Brian Vangorder’s defense is the answer. The questions don’t stop there though.  Here’s 16 different questions facing Notre Dame and Brian Kelly as the Fighting Irish head into the seventh year of the Kelly ...

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Does Notre Dame Have the Talent to Win a National Title?

Notre Dame's talent level is rising

  After the Irish lost the national championship on January 7th, 2013 to the Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 42-14, it seemed as though the Irish were lightyears away from winning their 12th national championship. While it was clear that the Tide had superior talent in that title game, the Irish were not that far from being the national champions of college football. If Kansas State didn’t get upset by Baylor late in the season, Notre Dame would’ve played the Wildcats in the national title, a game that the Irish would’ve likely won. I also believe that the ...

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Why 2016 is the Most Important Season of the Brian Kelly Era

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Head Coach

Last week’s National Signing Day closely mirrored the 2015 football season for Notre Dame. Head coach Brian Kelly fell just short of securing the signatures of two impact 5-star linebackers, a development that could have turned a good recruiting class into a great one. Likewise, Notre Dame’s last second losses to Clemson and Stanford caused the 2015 football team to fall just short of a playoff appearance. And falling just short has been an unfortunate central theme during Kelly’s tenure in South Bend. Despite his inability to date to assert Notre Dame as a powerhouse on the college football scene, ...

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Brian Kelly Contract Extension Gives Notre Dame Rare Stability

Brian Kelly Contract Extension

Notre Dame made some unexpected news on Friday when it announced a brand new, 6 year contract extension for head coach Brian Kelly which will keep him on the sidelines of Notre Dame Stadium through the 2021 season.  The extension, Kelly’s third, gives the Notre Dame football program stability the likes of which it hasn’t seen in over 20 years. The Notre Dame head coaching position had become a carousel ever since Lou Holtz coached his last game for the Irish in 1996 prior to Brian Kelly’s arrival in 2010.  None of Holtz’s three successors managed to give Notre Dame any ...

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It’s Time for Brian Kelly to Earn Some Coffee

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame HC

As we all learned in Glengarry Glen Ross, “Coffee’s for closers only.”  Well, with just over a week to go until National Signing Day 2016 and a few, select elite recruits left on Notre Dame’s recruiting board, it’s time for Brian Kelly and his staff to earn their coffee to close out this class and push it into elite status. Notre Dame has been here before under Brian Kelly.  They’ve headed into National Signing Day with elite recruits left on the board but more often than not, they’ve ended up as the bridesmaid for a 5-star recruit.  The one glaring ...

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Notre Dame Football Hasn’t Hit Ceiling with Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Head Coach

Notre Dame lost another marquee game to an elite team a couple days ago.  Predictably, the flood of “Notre Dame has maxed out” and “Brian Kelly will never get us over the hump” posts and comments have been flooding in.  Guess what though?  Notre Dame hasn’t maxed out under Kelly and bigger, better things could very well be in store for the Irish because as we’ve seen in his six years at the helm of the Irish, Kelly is not afraid to change his approach in order to improve the program and move it forward. Remember purple faced Brian Kelly ...

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Brian Kelly has Notre Dame on the Brink (Again)

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Head Coach

Since the legendary Lou Holtz left Notre Dame in 1996, the Notre Dame football program has been lacking–in 10 win seasons, major bowl wins, wins against top 25 teams–pretty much anything that resembles a top football program. They’ve had pockets of good play, but nothing that was lasting, which is the hallmark of a winning program. The best programs in college football are good year after year, no matter who is playing for them or has recently left. The Alabama’s, the Ohio State’s, you know who I’m talking about. This is what Notre Dame has been searching for–not just the ...

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