Coach Brian Kelly Narrowly Escapes Gator Attack

Richard CotnerContributor IDecember 17, 2009

AVONDALE, LA - MARCH 29:  A sign warning of alligators is near a lake by the 18th tee box of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on March 29, 2008  at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The new head coach of the Fighting Irish can and has been called a lot of things in the past few weeks but stupid or un-insightful should not be among them.

Brian Kelly knew he had to get out of Cincinnati while the getting was good and the getting would never be better than it is right now.

Kelly understands that the Ponzi scheme he's been running in Cincinnati will soon  come crashing down as the Bearcats experience a quick death at the hands of Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl.

In a move that would have made Gordon Gekko proud, Kelly sold off his Bearcat holdings before the bottom fell out and left him with nothing.

Though he will not suffer the quick death of his former team, Kelly will now be forced to clean up the mess left by Charlie Weis and risk dying a slower, yet no less public death in South Bend.

All eyes will be watching intently as Kelly steps out of the warm embrace of a program that had never expected to be on top, and was overjoyed to experience it, and into the cold chill of a program that has never expected anything less than championships and will not accept excuses for long.