Brian Kelly Has My Vote: Notre Dame Fans Need to Show a Little Patience

Tim DoggContributor INovember 24, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 11: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish waits to enter the field with his team including Carlo Calabrese #44 and Ethan Johnson #90 before a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium on September 11, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan defeated Notre Dame 28-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It has been a while since I have bothered to post anything on Bleacher Report. Every time I look at B/R I am faced with a multitude of articles lambasting Brian Kelly and staff.

There is constant chatter about why he isn't the right fit and why Notre Dame needs to be looking elsewhere for hope in reviving the Irish football program.

Most of these articles are written by people that call themselves fans. It's appalling to me that anytime Notre Dame fails to make a BCS game or the national championship, it is an automatic qualifier for the current coaching staff to be shipped out of South Bend.

The word of the day is...PATIENCE.

In 1986 Lou Holtz left Minnesota and came in to take over a struggling Notre Dame football program. In his first season as the head coach the Irish went 5-6, which was identical to the record they had posted the previous year. I'm sure that "fans" and alum were calling for his head and doubting his abilities to push his team to greatness.

Fortunately for Lou and the Irish alike, Gene Corrigan saw something different.

That same year the Irish met USC for their regular season finale in Southern California. The Irish went into the fourth quarter of that football game with a 17-point deficit and came back to win 38-37. How similar are things feeling for the Irish this year as they head to USC? A win at USC this weekend is exactly what Notre Dame needs to finally turn the corner and right the ship.

There have been recent calls for the firing of Bob Diaco. In response to this I say, "Poppycock!" Diaco is making solid progress with the defense, as is evidenced by holding our last two opponents to just six points. They were able to shut down a good Utah offense and with changes along the defensive front shut down the dreaded triple option of Army.

Enough is enough on recruiting and the notion that Notre Dame can't do anything until they attract the talent that Florida, Texas, USC and Ohio State do. I have to laugh at that and point to TCU, Boise State, Cincinnati and a host of other programs that are able to compete at the highest levels with 2- and 3-star recruits. It is about player development, and Coach Kelly has proven that he has the ability to do just that.

There are going to be ups and downs, but it's time that Irish fans have a little patience with what is being created at Notre Dame. This program is finally starting to gel as a "TEAM" and get over looking at their college careers as a stepping stone to the NFL...a culture that was created by Charlie Weis.

It will take some time to change the philosophy and make progress, but if given a chance Notre Dame will reap the benefits and return to prominence in the college football landscape.

I am appealing to Notre Dame fans to have a little faith, say a prayer and be patient. We are moving in the right direction.