Brian Kelly Packs Up Bag of Lies and Moves To Notre Dame

Jeff KalafaAnalyst IIIDecember 11, 2009

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Brian Kelly of the the Cincinnati Bearcats walks on the field during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Nippert Stadium on November 13, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame Tampers, Brian Kelly Lies--a match made in the back of a smoke-filled room.  

Notre Dame gets what they deserve. Brian Kelly gets a chance to see through his dream.  He also gets a chance to ruin his coaching career--a la the last three Notre Dame coaches before him.

This is a risky hire.  Notre Dame takes the risk.  Kelly knows with a guaranteed contract, he'll never have to work again.  He'll never have to win again.  All he'll have to do is show up.

CHARACTER ISSUES

LYING TO PLAYERS:  In a poll of more than 350 Bleacher Reporter readers, mostly Notre Dame fans, 75 percent said "a coach should never lie to his players."

Kelly mislead the media, the administration, and most of all, the Bearcats players that won two Big East Championships for him. 

Marty Gilyard, the greatest player Kelly ever coached, the guy who ran back a kick-off for a touchdown in the last two games, said last night, "I kind of had a gut feeling he was going to stay because he told me he was going to be here."

Tony Pike, the all-American quarterback, said, "The Tuesday when we were practicing for Pittsburgh, he said he loves it here and he loves his team and he loves coaching here and his family loves it here."

Kelly lied through the teeth to the to the seniors--the players whose shoulders he rode all the way to South Bend, players he didn't even recruit.  Gilyard played with reckless abandonment, Pike played with a broken left arm.

CONDONING PERJURY:  When he first arrived a Central Michigan, Kelly made statements supporting CMU players that may have perjured themselves in an effort to protect a teammate.

Central Michigan President Michael Rao called out Kelly for remarks that "appalled and offended" him. 

THE MYTH ABOUT HIS COACHING RECORD

GRAND VALLEY STATE   118-35-2

Everyone won at Grand Valley.  Tom Beck, who preceded Kelly at Grand Valley had a lifetime coaching record of 137-52-1.  He was the man credited with turning the program around.

Over the two years before Kelly took over, Beck enjoyed a 22 game regular season winning streak.

Chuck Martin, the man who succeeded Kelly at Grand Valley, has a better winning percentage than Kelly.  Martin has a record of 74-6 at Grand Valley and this year's team plays for the Div ll National Championship on Saturday Dec 12.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY   19-16

Kelly inherited a football team that was struggling for the years prior to his arrival.  In his first season at CMU, Kelly won four games.

In his second season at CMU Kelly went 6-5 and in his third and final season, the Chippewas went 9-4 and won their first MAC championship.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI    34-6

Kelly got to Cincinnati in 2006.  He had bolted from CMU, didn't coach them in the Motor City Bowl, but instead coached the Bearcats in International Bowl.

In his first full year at Cincinnati Kelly went 10-3.  In his following two seasons, Kelly took the Bearcats to two BCS bowls.

Kelly didn't exactly inherit a struggling team at Cincinnati.  Mark Dantonio was building a solid team and the Bearcats went 7-4 in 2006, 4-3 in the Big East.

Dantonio was the one who recruited Tony Pike and Marty Gilyard, the two best players of Kelly's era.  Dantonio did such a good job, Michigan State hired him at the end of the 2006 season.

RECRUITING OBSTACLES

Kelly recruited well while at Cincinnati.  He spent most of his efforts in the greater Cincinnati area, mostly in Ohio and Indiana.

It's not the challenge of recruiting on a national basis that will present problems while at Notre Dame, but rather the credibility issues.

Those recruiting against Kelly can always fall back on the lies he spread in his final days at Cincinnati and remind recruits that his record indicates that his promises may not be real.

Other recruiting problems will present themselves in the form of high academic standards Notre Dame is famous for. 

At this time, it's unknown whether or not Notre Dame will loosen the tight academic standards on their athletes.  It's expected that one of the Kelly's demands was that they do.  The belief is that a compromised was reached and Kelly will most likely be able to slip by a couple of non-projectors each year.

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