Why Notre Dame Will Not Come Back Next Year

Kyle PomerleauContributor IFebruary 6, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 11: Brian Kelly attends a press conference where he was named new football head coach at Notre Dame University on December 11, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana.  Kelly most recently led the University of Cincinnati to two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances including a perfect 12-0 record this past season. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
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There are a number of people who think Notre Dame will storm back, and be in bowl contention next year.  I am not one of these people.  I have been a Notre Dame fan for a long time now, and I can pinpoint the main reasons Notre Dame will again fail to reach a bowl game.


  1. Players leaving for the NFL- This includes: Two of their star players: Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate.  Jimmy Clausen was out in some games during their season, but Notre Dame still did well in these games.  This was only do to the fact of running the wild-cat with Golden Tate, but he will now be gone.
  2. Coach switch will not be enough- Usually it takes the players a while to get used to a new regime under a new coach.  Notre Dame will be no exception.  I can see Notre Dame being in bowl contention after a couple of years with their new coach, but expecting it the first year is hopeless.
  3. Poor momentum after last seasons failure- Although adding a new successful coach will help, It will not be enough to turn around the atmosphere in the locker room still lingering from last season.
In conclusion, Notre Dame will not make it to a major bowl game this season.  Despite its change in coaching, the players leaving and the poor momentum from last season will outweigh this.  Feel free to comment on any points made in this article.