When Brian Kelly, and Notre Dame fans for that matter, are jotting down their Christmas card list this year, they might want to be sure to get one to Lawrence, Kansas. December is coming quick, and right now it looks like the Irish will be spending Christmas at home—flying out after the 25th for their January bowl date.
Meanwhile, Charlie Weis will be sitting at home, no bowl on his team's slate, and well wishes from Irish fans will be welcomed. A simple thank you will suffice, as Charlie Weis is the man responsible for setting Brian Kelly's plate in a number of ways.
In fairness to Brian Kelly, the head coach firmly planted his stamp on this team. They play his brand of football, and guys like Everett Golson, George Atkinson III, Stephon Tuitt and Sheldon Day are clearly his doing. Make no mistake—in year three, this is Brian Kelly's team. Still, Weis certainly helped a bit.
The other element of the Irish's 2012 campaign that cannot be undersold are the guys like Christian Lombard, Louis Nix III and Prince Shembo—all players who signed with new head coach Brian Kelly. All players who also committed to the old coach, Charlie Weis.