The follow post was written in the middle of the season by UHND’s own McSweeney. Originally posted on November 13, the entry ended up be prophetic as Kelly was named the head coach at Notre Dame 27 days later. Here is a run down of some impressive statistics from Kelly has amased over the past few seasons in Cincinnati.
Seven: The number of Div I-A football programs to post a 90% graduation rate in 2008, two of which were Notre Dame and the University of Cincinnati. (The Div I-A average is 55%.)
#1: The Cincinnati Bearcats’ standing in the Big East Team Academic Excellence Award, signifying the highest collective GPA among the league’s football squads
#4: The Bearcats’ overall academic ranking among the 2008 BCS final Top 25 based on the teams’ most recent federal graduation rates, the gap between the teams’ graduation rates and the overall schools’ graduation rates, and the gap between the teams’ black-white player graduation rates’ disparity and the overall schools’ disparity. (Alabama was ranked 15th, Oklahoma was ranked 20th, Florida was ranked 21st, Texas was ranked 24th.)
6-16: The Big Ten’s overall bowl record the last three seasons, including a 0-6 mark in BCS bowls.
12-4: The Big East’s overall bowl record the last three seasons, including a 2-1 mark in BCS bowls.
Six: The number of starting QBs Brian Kelly has had at Cincinnati in the last two seasons.
10: The number of starters Cincinnati lost off its defense after 2008.
22: The number of seniors Cincinnati lost after 2008.
31-0: The Cincinnati Bearcats’ record under Brian Kelly when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.
2: The Bearcats total number of lost fumbles in 2009. Prior to the WVU matchup (in which they fumbled), Cincy was the only team in Div I-A to not surrender a single fumble–a string of more than nine games and 37 quarters–all season.
0.33: The combined average number of college games coached by Gerry Faust, Bob Davie and Charlie Weis when they took the ND job.
196: The combined average number of college football games coached by Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz when they took the ND job.
231: The number of games Brian Kelly will have been a college football head coach at the end of the 2009 season.