So, Brian Kelly LIED to the media and Cincinnati; this is the hooplah floating around the Internet this morning.
Twenty-four hours ago, Cincy fans and pundits alike were in love with Brian Kelly and singing his praises and now he is a liar with serious character issues.
Amazing how the tides change with the announcement that he will be accepting the head coaching position at the University of Notre Dame.
In recent years, it has been standard practice for college football coaches to skirt around the issue of their status at a particular football program. Urban Meyer could be cited as being somewhat dishonest to Utah players and fans when he took the Florida position. I didn't see him being criticized nearly as much as Kelly.
It's easy for armchair quarterbacks to sit back and tell you what should have been done or what should have been said. Contract negotiations, interviews, and job offers are not something discussed with the media during preliminary phases and usually not disclosed until a mutual agreement has been reached.
Over the past two weeks, a number of names have been thrown out as possible replacements for Charlie Weis. It would have been premature for any of those thrown in to the mix to go to their respective teams and say:"Hey, just thought I would let you all know, I may take the job at Notre Dame if it is offered." What kind of message is that sending to your players if indeed ND doesn't come calling.
If you were in a top sales position and you had prospects on the horizon, do you go to your present employer and staff and say hey, "I have some irons in the fire and may not be here in six months." I think not. You play your cards close and see what pans out, research possible opportunities, and provide notice once you have made a decision. It is no different in sports.
I'm sure Cincy fans are upset and rightly so. However, I would like to know how they felt when Kelly left Central Michigan. Kelly is moving up the ranks and has worked hard to move into his dream job.
If dishonesty was how he worked to achieve his goals, I think he would be sitting in a van down by the river, rather than becoming the next head coach at Notre Dame.