By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Saturday night, it was reported by Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde that Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly is exploring other options. Kelly announced after the game that he’s not looking for other jobs.
“I have not, am not, and will not be interested in options outside of Notre Dame,” Kelly said after the game. “I’m fully committed to leading this program in the future.”
Can you really trust this man? When he was the Cincinnati Bearcats head coach, he denied to talking to any other teams, especially the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Yet, shortly after the regular season, he was announced as their new head coach.
Coaches do this all the time as he look for greener pastures. Tom Herman said on Friday that he wasn’t looking to leave the Houston Cougars. A day later, he was expected to be hired as the new Texas Longhorns head coach.
If Kelly flip-flops like he did years ago, it wouldn’t be surprising if he left. Notre Dame already has a coach in mind should Kelly leave. That’s Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, according to sources.
He’s been the Michigan State head coach since 2007. Kelly actually replaced Dantonio at Cincinnati for two seasons.
The Spartans just completed a bad season, like the Fighting Irish. Dantonio guided Michigan State to a 3-9 record, while Notre Dame went 4-8.
While at Michigan State, he’s gone 90-42, including a 53-28 record in the Big Ten Conference. The 3-9 record was his first losing season with the team since 2009 when they went 6-7.
Dantonio is 4-5 in bowl games. Michigan State last won the Cotton Bowl 42-41 over the Baylor Bears on Jan. 1, 2005 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Kelly had his first losing season in seven years at the helm of the Golden Domers. Prior to this season, his worst record was 8-5, which happened three times.
Like Michigan State, Notre Dame hasn’t won a bowl game since the 2014-15 bowl season. The Fighting Irish defeated the Louisiana State University Tigers 31-28 on Dec. 30, 2014 at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
Kelly is 3-3 in bowl games. During the 2012-13 bowl season, Notre Dame advanced to the BCS National Championship game. However, they were dominated by the Alabama Crimson Tide 42-14 in the final game of the season on Jan. 7, 2013.
Since that loss, the Irish are just 31-20.
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