Brian Kelly and the University of Cincinnati Miss Each Other

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10:  Head coach Brian Kelley of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts as the Michigan Wolverines kick a extra point after scoring the game winning touchdown with two second left at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 35-31. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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This past weekend the University of Cincinnati took a big "L" against the Tennessee Volunteers. The same story also went for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, whose Fighting Irish fell to the Michigan Wolverines in an instant classic.

Both Kelly and the Bearcats have not been the same since they were a part of each other.

While at UC, Kelly took the Bearcats to two BCS bowl games and the program was on the rise. With Ohio being a huge football state, Kelly did not have trouble recruiting talent. He had a chance to bring the University of Cincinnati to places they have never seen before.

The two seemed as if they were a perfect fit.

With a hungry up-and-coming coach leading a program on the rise, it appeared that the football future for the Bearcats was very bright.

Since accepting the job at Notre Dame, however, Brian Kelly and the University of Cincinnati have been on a downward spiral.

The Bearcats missed a bowl game last season and it may be the same story this year. Similarly, Brian Kelly has failed to reach the high expectations in South Bend, coaching a program where the alumni and fanbase are still stuck in the 1990s.

The end result is that the Bearcats and Kelly both need each other. The relationship between UC and Kelly was not comparable to Bobby and Whitney, it actually had the potential to be great.

As college football fans, we will never know what would have happened if the two had stuck together. It will remain a great unknown—like many stories in the history of college football.