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Kelly hits all the right notes

Dec 11, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

Introductory press conferences are interesting beasts. We learn about things like ideals and goals, philosophies and mentors, and for the most part we all do our best to buy in. With a guy like Brian Kelly behind the microphone, it’s pretty easy to buy what he’s selling.

We’ll have plenty of time to discuss how Kelly’s offense will fit in South Bend, and how important Kelly’s choice of defensive coordinator will be, but for now, let’s enjoy how well Kelly played his introduction, which according to the folks at, was streamed online by 74,026 people.

On a human level, Kelly did a great job trying to diffuse the negativity that’s come from his decision to abandon the Cincinnati program before their bowl game. It couldn’t have been an easy decision, but Kelly was smart to immediately bring up the family aspect of the decision, taking the spotlight away from cut-throat business move. The introduction to his wife and three children was an especially nice touch to go along as a visual with this emotional story.

“You come home as a parent and you’re going to tell your kids that they’re moving and they love the friends and they love the community, and as we started to tell them, tears began to well up in their eyes, and Gracie came up to me, grabbed me, hugged me and said, ‘Dad, I’m so happy for you. I know this has been your dream. And I’m sad for me just for a little bit. Is that okay?’ And I kissed her and I said, ‘You know what, that’s what is so magical about this is that my kids know this was a dream for me.'”

Kelly also took his time at the podium to remind us all of yesteryear, back to times when the Irish were on top of college football, and scored bonus points not just with mention of names like Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, Joe Montana, and Father Hesburgh, but went to the next level for extra credit with hard-core Domers with a Lindsey Nelson name-drop.

Kelly was bold, but he wasn’t arrogant. He didn’t promise schematic advantages, but player development. He backed away from his background as an offensive mastermind, and smartly talked about how he’ll be intricately involved in all three aspects of the game. He came in with buzzwords like RKGs — right kind of guys — and assured us that he’d be ready, willing, and able to recruit the same type of great student-athletes that Notre Dame brought in under Charlie Weis.

Kelly didn’t shy away from the challenges that are “unique” to the Notre Dame job. And he was even smart enough to avoid lobbing a land-mine out there like “9-3 isn’t good enough,” although he certainly did come close by referencing 8-4 when he talked about the challenges that come along with coaching the Irish.

“First and foremost, restoring the traditions that we all know about and the history. Those aren’t the 8-and-4 years, those are the National Championship years. So any time you’re talking about restoring a program and the challenges, it’s not about winning the Conference Championship, it’s about winning championships and being in the BCS and being nationally prominent. That’s the challenge. We’ve got to get to work on that. When I refer to the challenge, it’s getting to that high bar that has been set at Notre Dame for Notre Dame football.”

I found one part of Kelly’s remarks to be a perfect example of the new coach’s attention to detail and his ability to handle the media scrutiny.

“My media consultant had all these notes for me, and I’m supposed to pay attention to all these notes that were drawn up for me, but there’s one thing that has driven me through my career, and that is that I speak from my heart. I’m passionate about it, and really want to talk to everybody out there about why I am so honored to be the head football coach here at Notre Dame.”

If you’re looking for a good reason to have hope in Brian Kelly, here’s your answer. He’s smart enough to have a media consultant, and he’s smart enough to let us all know that he’s got a consultant, but he doesn’t care — he’s going to speak from the heart. Is it a bit cliched and contrived? Absolutely. But is it what Notre Dame fans need to hear? You bet.

Brian Kelly will be judged like all the coaches at Notre Dame before him: by how he does on the football field. But after a few hours on the job, any worries that people may have had of Kelly not being prepared for a job on the biggest stage in college football should have been alleviated.  

  1. robertg - Dec 16, 2009 at 2:12 AM

    1. yes, i am the same attorney who refused to keep quiet about corrupt and dishonest judges in the california judicial system and they unloaded every weapon they had, including the corrupt califorina bar association, at me with the specific intent of destroying me economically and professionally.
    2. in the case of any person who is not as strong as i am, they had always suceeded before. however, i am the embodiment of the fighting irish spirit and traditions, including ancestors who were condemnnd to death( obviously, the brits never were successful in carrying out those death sentences) or slavery by crooked british court systems, remnants of which still exist today,on the payrolls of the big iol comnpanies, as was demonstated today by the british court which issued a secret writ for the arrest for war crimes of former israeli foreign minister tzipi livni whom i have known for many years.
    3. well, tzipi has her own intelligence sources and did not take the flight to london where some crooked british judges intended to have her arrested as soon as her flight landed.
    4. the video and audio of tzipi’s press conference is available at cnn news. is tzipi afraid? no, her father fought the brits with the irgun when the brits were trying to exterminate jewish people in palestine in return for iol concessions.
    5. does tzipi have a lot in common with us? yes. many of my associates in this project also had fathers who also fought and defeated the brits in palestine and created israel. none of us ever back down or give up until we have won.
    6. more than 10 years later, 2 of those crooked judges, so far, have pled guilty to federal felonies in the us district court in los angeles, 2 california governors have vetoed the california state bar association’s entire budget because of dishonest activities, the california state bar association is a flickering shadow soon to be federalized completely out of existence, and not one of those corrupt and dishonest judges is still sitting on any bench in california or anywhere else.
    7. when i mailed the california state bar’s baseless accusations to california ag dan lungren and reminded him that it was his duty to initiate some type of criminal or civil action against me if there was any truth whatsover to any of these baseless accustations.
    8. neither dan lundgren nor anyone else ever took any such action.
    9. the california state bar association had 10 years to initiate a civil indeminity action against me in the civil courts.
    10. the california state bar never did so because they knew that they could not beat me in any real court before an honest judge and jury and were justifiably terrified of the evidence that they knew that i would present in a very public jury trial had they been fooloish enough to try any such action.
    11. i have prospered in my business, professional, and personal lives and am much better and much stronger than i was before i did the morally and ethically correct things in refusing to become part of a crooked judicial system, despite the large financial incentives offered to me.
    12. there is nothing that the proprietors of crooked college football and sports enterprises, including purcell, swarbrick, and jenkins, can do to prevent their economic exterminations by us in the civil courts.
    13. there are plenty of options for the notre dame community to cut out the cancers before they can do any more damage to the university of notre dame and force us to name the university of notre same and every trustee and member of the notre dame administration as defendants in civil rico actions because the notre dame community failed to act in time.
    14. we certainly hope and pray that the notre dame community takes the only correct actions before it is too late for notre dame.
    GO IRISH!!!

  2. robertg - Dec 16, 2009 at 2:45 AM

    1. correction, the video and audio and related articles about the attempted illegal arrest of tzipi livni in the uk appear now online at bbc news.
    2. while we will not be involved in exposing and bringing down in the civil courts the corrupt elements of the uk judicial system, many of our relatives and foriens in the uk already are and will be until that war is won.
    3. we have always loved suing dishonest attorneys. both swarbrick and delany have law degrees, although we have not yet found not any evidence that either one of them has ever tried any case in any real court.
    GO IRISH!!!

  3. robertg - Dec 16, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    1. great news from our relatives and friends on the uk front.
    2. the british foreign office has issued a public apology to tzipi livni and to the israeli government, promised to repeal all provisions of uk law that made it possible for certain dishonest elements in the uk judicial system to engage in such illegal activities, and promised to punish severely every person involved the this atrocity and in other similar attempted atrocities against members of the israeli government and other governments.
    3. naturally, our relatives and friends on the uk will make certain that every promise is fulfilled and that every person and entity trying to hide behind the scenes is punished severely economically in the uk civil courts.
    4. my associates in the economic extermination, in the civil courts, of every person and entity involved in crooked college football and sports enterprises, like myself, were all born in the usa and are us citizens.
    5. however, many of us do have dual citizenship in the countries from which our ancestors came and, in the case of our jewish associates, dual citizenship in israel.
    6. like israel, ireland has laws which grant full irish citizenship to anyone who has at least one grandparent who was born in ireland, such as i do and ireland makes exceptions for people of irish descent who would not otherwise qualify, but who make certain contributions to benefit ireland.
    7. yes, we are very serious and very deadly in the civil courts in every nation which has any semblance of an honest judicial system.
    GO IRISH!!!

  4. robertg - Dec 16, 2009 at 5:36 AM

    1. for anyone who did not know,golden tate became the 1st notre dame player ever to win the biletnikoff award and notre dame’s 1st unanimous 1st team all american since shane walton in 2002. to find notre dame’s previous unanimous all american, you have to go back to 1993 to find aaron taylor.
    2. 2 other notre dame student athletes made 3rd team all american teams-qb jimmy clausen and center eric olsen.
    3. both tate and clausen expressed their complete lack of trust in purcell, swarbrick, jenkins, kelly, and notre dame’s administration by leaving early for the nfl, with many transfers to follow.
    4. is it possible that tate, clausen, and so many other current notre dame student athletes and current verbal commits and many other key recruits who were seriously considering notre dame before they saw the backstabbing of purcell, swarbrick, and jenkins and took a close look at kelly see things the same way that we do?
    5. after all,these are student athletes who actually play football on real football fields and who can sniff out crooked officiating and school administrations and snake oil coaches like kelly who cannot be trusted.

  5. robertg - Dec 16, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    1. how is the officating at bowl games fixed?
    2. each conference official in charge of football officiating quality control grades the performance of each conference game and tech review official in his conference and fowards his list to dave parry of college football officiating lcc( which has a website)which is jointly owned and operated by the ncaa and the 6 power conferences and parry alone allocates conference crews to bowl games
    3. if anyone wants information on how the evaluations are done and how parry allocates conference officiating crews to bowl games, he or she will get zero information without a court subpoena.
    4. the officiating crew for the florida/cincinnati sugar bowl game will be from the pac 10 conference which is one of many reasons why kelly bailed out of cincinnati before that massacre could take place.
    5. true, parry and delany did invent college football officiating llc as a vehicle for taking the dishonest officiating industry national, but new pac 10 commissioner larry scott is really an honest man who did his best, after the pac 10 officiating crews stole wins for usc from notre dame and from oregon state, to clean the crooks out of pac 10 conference football officiating.
    6. the methods and assignments by bowl games are set forth in an article by david fox at yahoo sports entitled “Officials, like teams, rewarded with bowl work.”
    7. we already know how the selection process works. it is an perversion of gresham’s law that bad money drives out good money.
    8. how college football fans could continue to be suckered into such a system surprises us, but then, every dishonest con operation depends on secrecy and operating behind closed doors and getting the public to accept the cons as honest.
    9. after all, for years, we heard from priests, bishops, and cardinals that there were no sexual predators in our cathlolic church and that we should just trust them.
    10. we did buy that for a while until the documents and other evidence, including a great deal from sources( including honest priests, nuns, bishops, cardinals and sources within the vatican) within the catholic church, became too overwhelming to ignore and we discovered a whole rotten coverup operation leading all the way up to the vatican.
    11. we cleaned up that mess in the civil courts.

  6. kejji - Dec 16, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Well now, that was a big steaming pile of befuddlement.
    I swear; War and Peace was a quicker read than slogging your way through robertg’s twisted back to back to back posts.

  7. robertg - Dec 16, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    1. for anyone who has fallen for the purcell, swarbrick, jenkins, and kelly cons or who just does not want to bother with the facts, reading and understanding our posts could easily exceed his intellectual capacities and cause serious short circuits.
    2. we do not use in our internet posts the charts and diagrams and other visual aids that we use in public civil trials to present evidence and make it easy for judges and juries to understand.
    3. no judge or jury has ever had any dificulty understand our evidence at real civil jury trials which involve issues much more complex than these.
    4. for example, enron had thousands of offshore entities covering up the methods which enron used to cook its books. we made that all very simple with flow charts. diagrams, and visual aids and the testimonies of many expert witneses.
    5. and now for kelly’s educational background.
    6. his boston alderman father sent kelly to st john’s prep, a local school that does have academic pretences and usually sends its graduates to excellent colleges, unless they are brain dead.
    7. kelly ended up at assumption college in boston, the ultimate local fallback school in the boston area for those who cannot qualify for any other school. kelly did graduate, but not with any academic honors.
    8. and this character kelly pretends to understand notre dame’s high academic standards?
    9. kelly did letter in football at assumption college playing in the club football league.
    10. notre dame’s highest ranked verbal commit before charlie and his staff got stabbed in the back decommitted immediately after charlie’s firing and committed to cal.
    11. numerous other key notre dame verbals are waivering, and those who were likely to commit to notre dame if charlie and his staff have committed to other schools or are seriously looking elsewhere.
    12. notre dame’s 2010 recruiting class is likely to be the worst since the tyrone era, with zero improvements on the horizon.
    13. recruits and their families and their high school coaches do contact cincinnati student athletes to get their opinions of kelly and the unanimous responses are do not trust kelly.
    14. what is the notre dame community going to do about this disaster?
    15. 2010 and future seasons are shaping up as nightmares for notre dame if kelly remains at notre dame.
    16. there are similarities between war and peace thge book and the current situation at notre dame and in crooked college football enterprises.
    17. however keiji never made it past the comic book and cliff notes versions of the book war and piece and, if he did try reading the real book, keiji would definitely be befuddled.

  8. Kejji - Dec 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Hey Brainiac…it’s War and Peace…not war and piece, obviously you never won a spelling bee in school…you don’t even have the smarts to understand people are laughing at you.

  9. JLeonard - Dec 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    “4. for example, enron had thousands of offshore entities covering up the methods which enron used to cook its books. we made that all very simple with flow charts. diagrams, and visual aids and the testimonies of many expert witneses.”
    Guess you wrote the book on that:

  10. Keith Arnold - Dec 16, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Congratulations, people. You’ve all made the comment sections unreadable.
    Effective immediately, I’m pulling ANY comment that attacks an individual commenter. I’ll even pull comments I don’t like.
    (Just because.)
    Whether it be criticizing someone for poor spelling or grammar, a personal attack, a threat of a lawsuit, or just being a snide jerk, there is absolutely no room on these comments for what’s going on.
    Democracy officially over.
    If you want to talk about Notre Dame football, you are in the right place.
    If you want to pick on people, tout your academic intellect, or call out individuals, your comments will be deleted and your IP address banned.
    I’ve got a feeling we’ll survive here without you…

  11. Sean - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Hey Keith, this is not intended to be a wise crack, but it is about time. I occassionally go to your posts for some fun reading and skim through the comments section and some of these guys are out of control. No need to post this but thanks for doing something about it. Merry Christmas!

  12. bringbacklou - Dec 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    I worry about Kelly’s defense after the Pitt game. I look forward to see who he gets, but he should clean house. If Ron Pawlus is still there, I will puke.

  13. E. Normus Johnson - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Man crush!

  14. Rudy! - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    You have to remember, their defense returned 1 starter from last year… and they still won every game. Could you imagine if ND returned 1 starter from last year? Ouch!

  15. robertg - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    1. as a matter of fact, i got all the way to washington dc in the national spelling bee when i was in the 8th grade at our holy redeemer school in freeport, long island, new york and i have read and understood war and peace in the original russian language version.
    2. we are not going away from this project. we have seen the laughter turn into tears and terror too many times before to miss out on seeing the same thing happen with you and your associates.
    3. in addition, we will save the university of notre dame and notre dame football in the process.
    GO IRISH!!!

  16. DocHR - Dec 18, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Please start by banning robertg. And if this request gets me banned, so be it. I’ll take one for the team.

  17. robertg - Dec 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    1. we have some real empirical data on the kelly effects, so far, on notre dame football.
    2. on the day that charlie was fired, notre dame’s only 5 star verbal for 2010, de chris martin. officially decommitted, refused to speak with kelly, and committed to cal.
    3. shortly thereafter, jimmy clausen and golden tate expressed their confidence in notre dame’s current administration and in kelly by holding a press conference at notre dame on insisting that charlie be there with them and each announced that he was leaving notre dame early for the nfl., every one of charlie’s assistants, including ron powlus, have expressed their confidence in notre dame’s current administration by deciding to leave, even though the propaganda outlets have claimed that they were all terminated by kelly.
    5. the only holdovers are tony alford with bryant young in a holding pattern and the only reason for that is 4 star dt nix, who is leaning heavily towards recommittinmg to miami.
    6. today, yet another notre dame 2010 verbal officially decommitted with many more seriously wavering. after all, they all trusted charlie and his assistants, but have not been impressed at all by kelly.
    7. tranfers by key current notre dame student athletes are being seriously considered.
    8. yes, we have our own sources within notre dame, including student athletes on the team.
    9. do we want anything bad to happen to notre dame football or to the university of notre dame? no.
    10. however, we know that the severe dameges already done can still be rerversed if the cancers are cut out quickly.
    11. we are going to help the notre dame community in another way.
    12. we have good friends at the national enquirer which recently broke that very ugly tiger woods story without damaging stanford very much.
    13. when our friends at the national enquirer finish cleaning up on the tiger woods story( we helped to create their quality control department so that breaking big stories like the tiger woods stories would happen only after the national enquirer hass triple checked every single source).
    14. we will get the villains who are trying to hijack notre dame the national coverage with pictires and other evidence that they deserve and no amount of bribes or resignations will stop that process. we do not take payoffs or bribes in any amounts. we do not accept compromise resignations from cancers like these people. we do not back down because of personal threats or insults or phony accusations.
    15. we will make certain that the university of notre dame and notre dame football and the fine honest people in the notre dame community are correctly portrayed as the victims that they have been and still are.
    16. then, we will proceed with our civil lawsuits.
    17. both the university of notre dame and notre dame football will survive and prosper, but every cancer that now infect notre dame will be terminated by us in the civil courts, with extreme economic prejudice
    GO IRISH!!!

  18. AJ97 - Dec 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    To Robert G: So when is all this civil action in the courts that you waste so much space threatening to do ever going to take place? That’s all I’ve heard about from you for just about the entire football season. Put up or shut up!
    To Keith Arnold: So when are you going to ban Robert G from this sight? Talk about a waste of blog space! I’m with DocHR on this one.

  19. Jake - Dec 18, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    He’s been ranting about civil actions for literally years and not just on this blog. He has no case, he’s never had one and never will. His posts are pretty much the from the same template with a few touts to himself thrown in for good measure.
    Really, quality control and The National Inquirer are not things you ever equate with each other.
    He’s good for, as Stephen refers to, a “chuckle”.

  20. kejji - Dec 19, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Forgive me for saying, but I might be likened to the child who says the emperor wears no cloths.
    Keith Arnold wrote : Effective immediately, I’m pulling ANY comment that attacks an individual commenter.
    Whether it be criticizing someone for poor spelling or grammar, a personal attack, a threat of a lawsuit, or just being a snide jerk, there is absolutely no room on these comments for what’s going on.
    You wrote that on Dec. 16th.
    On Dec. 18th robertg wrote in the above post. (post 42 point 16) “then we will proceed with our civil lawsuits”.
    Now you are the one who capitalized the word “ANY comment”..that included the term “a threat of a lawsuit”.
    Are you a man of your word?…or are you just blowing smoke?

  21. TAG - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    RTG you have too much time on your hands ! Get a hobby !

  22. kejji - Dec 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    hmmmmm…no answer as of yet.

  23. Lydia Packineau - Dec 31, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

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