Brian Kelly's 3rd Year: How He Stacks Up Against the Notre Dame Greats

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Brian Kelly's 3rd Year: How He Stacks Up Against the Notre Dame Greats
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Will Brian Kelly be among the Notre Dame greats?

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. At Notre Dame, the third year is a make-or-break moment for new head coaches, and this year is no exception. Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz all won their first national championships in their third seasons as coach of the Fighting Irish, and Knute Rockne finished his second straight undefeated season.

It has not been an easy road to success for Kelly. In 2011, the Irish were 8-5 and lost to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. This year, they are 11-0 and poised to play for the national championship. 

As the Irish sit atop the BCS rankings, let us take a look at past greats who forged the legacy Kelly must live up to.  

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