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Kelly discusses Irish football program with Colin Cowherd

Oct 24, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

Brian Kelly podium

Brian Kelly was fulfilling a few media obligations before turning his  focus onto the big match-up with Oklahoma this weekend. Part of that media tour included a few minutes in the “Herd,” joining ESPN’s Colin Cowherd to discuss the state of the Irish football program, and go one-on-one with a pretty polarizing radio personality that hasn’t had the nicest things to say about the Notre Dame program the past few years.

If you waste a lot of time getting worked up over Cowherd’s antics or opinions, you’re largely barking at the moon. That is what the man does. He’s quick witted, opinionated, and dictates the tone and discussion on his show by making a statement, defending it with a few persuasive points, then usually moves on before too many people can poke holes in his theories.

Amateur critical radio analysis aside, Cowherd does spend quite a bit of time talking about college football, a semi-rarity on the national scene. And while his friendship with Lane Kiffin and affinity for Manhattan Beach (you can’t blame him for half of this) largely have Irish fans believing it colors his opinion, Cowherd has spent the last week or so talking about how overrated the Irish are right now (while calling USC — a team that lost to Stanford — a better team.)

You can listen to the entire exchange here, but it’s actually an interesting discussion on the state of Notre Dame football, the problems that plague the offense, and how Kelly goes about the job rebuilding the football program while trying to win football games now. If you don’t have nine minutes to listen, here’s a rough transcription of the conversation:

Cowherd: I can’t figure out offensively what you’re doing. What are you offensively, coach?

Brian Kelly: We’re trying to find ourselves. We’re young on the outside with inexperienced wide receivers. We’ve got a tight end that we’re trying to get the football to and we’ve got three outstanding running backs. When you’re moving two quarterbacks in and out of the game, it’s really hard to have a set identity. We’re just trying to find ways to put enough points on the board, rely on a great defense, neutralize things in the special teams and win football games. Until we get ourselves in a situation where our quarterback is ready to start and finish a game, it’s just the way we’re going to have to put it together.

Cowherd: Come on, coach. You’re half way through the season. Figure out your offensive identity. Pick a quarterback. Can’t I say that?

BK: Again, I’d say that we’ve run the football extremely well against good defenses. I think that’s really where we’re going to manage the football game. My background is that I like to spread it, run up-tempo, and throw the football. We’re not ready to do that, but at Notre Dame, you can’t not be ready to win. You’ve got to win each and every week. So we’re going to eke out a way to move the football and put enough points on the board. And when we’re ready to move to that next level, it’ll be when our quarterback is.

Cowherd: Seventeen points, 20, 13, 20, 20. In four of your six games, you’re scoring about that. You guys get a sense going into games, you’ve gotta put points on the board. What do you think you’ve got to put on the board this weekend to go to Oklahoma and win realistically?

BK: Again, it depends on how we play the game. For example, BYU averaged 98 plays a game the weekend before. We got them to 60, we took 38 plays away from them. So, we’re going to try and help our defense the best we can to keep the points down on that end and then obviously, if they’re an offense that’s putting points on the board, we’re going to have to do some things offensively in spreading the field and throwing the football around. So it’s really predicated on how we’re playing defense, as to how we are playing offensively.

Cowherd: College football is not entirely fair… until we get a playoff. Scheduling matters a lot. What if I said, ‘Coach, a lot of Big Ten teams. The Big Ten is not very good.” Who have you beaten? Is that a fair criticism?

BK: Going into the season, I can only look at our schedule and talk about the teams. We went to Michigan State when they were 10th in the country and beat a team at that time that was top ranked. We had to beat Michigan. I think Stanford is a darn good football team. And we’ve got to play that kind of schedule each and every week. Our opener was in Ireland. Then we went Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State. It’s a tough schedule that requires your guys to be on each and every week and they’ve been on seven straight weeks and let’s see if we can get it to eight.

Cowherd: What do you make of the talk that Notre Dame is relevant. (He mentions Rick Reilly.) Whether or not they’re great is a different story. Do you listen? Your players hear stuff. What do you make of it?

BK: I really think that our kids are above the noise. They hear it. They watch ESPN. They listen to the talk shows. But the way we’ve got this focused is, look, we’re trying to be a consistent program. We want to be a part of the discussion not just one year, we want to do it each and every year. And as we do that, and build consistency, look at Oklahoma. They’ve been there every single year. That’s the level that we need to get this football program. Not just one year, where I get to go on your show. So our players understand it’s about consistency, not just about one spike. I didn’t come to Notre Dame because we wanted to have one great year it’s about a consistency… We’re not a great team, but I’ll tell you what, we’re mentally and physically tough and we’ll go and play you anywhere and any time. All I have to do to our kids is let them know is that they’re building a program.

C: You just said, you’re not a great team. That’s all that I said.

BK: I would be the first to tell you that we’re not a great team. But we’re a football team that’s getting better each and every week. Once we firmly have experience and an identity on offense, and keep building our defensive depth and special teams, we’ve got a chance to be a really good football team. That’s the process we’re in right now.

Cowherd expounds on a theory about Oregon’s face-paced offense and how he’d stop them. Kelly politely listens, largely agrees, and they move on.

C: This wasn’t nearly as contentious as I was hoping for.

BK: I’ll get in an argument if you want. (Laughter) We’re trying to build this thing so we can have this conversation in three or four years and we can talk about whether we’re great or not.

Next up, Desmond Howard. (Just kidding.)


  1. 808raiderinparadise - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    ooooooooooooooooooo BK “were not a great football team”
    Cowherd ran circles around Kelly. Kelly got owned by Colin.

    Kind of saddened my week leading up to this big game, its as if Kelly is pardoning losses before they happen, “have this sconversation in 3-4 years?” “were building this thing?”

    This was all crap to me.


    • oldestguard - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      The only place those kind of questions are really answered is on the field.

      BK said the right things for this point in time.

      He’ll have a few other things to say right before kick-off too.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        The right things? I see what your saying, BUT in my opinion you have to defend your team/program more than that. Think recruiting, and any and all perceptions from the media … if you define yourself as “not a great team” when your 7-0 and 5th in the BCS than its a little troubling to me … again I understand saying the right things, but I would have respected some more pride from the head coach.

        Still a BK fan, but I thought that interview was a failure in my eyes.

        BEAT OKlahoma!!!!!!!!!

      • irish4006 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        “Think recruiting, and any and all perceptions from the media … if you define yourself as “not a great team” when your 7-0 and 5th in the BCS than its a little troubling to me …” it’s ok, I don’t think BK will come down to take your troubles away. Also, it’s likely you have some other pressing troubles that you may have to attend to before you get your panties in a bunch.

        7-0, 5th in BCS, yada yada… these numbers don’t mean anything. There is a reason no one’s giving us a chance against OU, which is we haven’t played great offense yet. The playmakers are there, it just hasn’t come together yet. Even when it does, I won’t be looking at those stupid numbers and take Pitt, Wake, BC, your brother’s pee-wee team lightly. Greatness doesn’t come overnight, you have to continue to be very good for a long time before you become great…

      • 808raiderinparadise - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        So you all think BK wanted the interview to go just that way?

        Colin ran cirlces around BK. POINT BLANK. PERIOD.

        You think Urban Meyer? Kiffin? Brown? Stoops? would have that happen?

        BK & ND agree to that inerview to promote ND football, in what way did that happen?
        not great…
        dont have an offensive identity…
        3-4 years from now….

        Seriously, just dont schedule the event if your going to be a puppet.

        He didn’t have to say “were great” BUT YOU CERTAINLY DON’T SAY
        “were not a great team”

        The word play alone diminshes the tone.

        That all my point was.

        Big a fan as any of you.

    • irishsox05 - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      If you think that Cow-turd ran circles around BK than you have no idea how to handle a moron like Colin. Holtz used to bad mouth his team to the media leading up to the game all the time.

      • 9irish - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        That’s exactly what I was going to say. Better to go in humble and come out on top. What was he supposed to say, “We are Freaking FANTASTIC!” They do need alot of work…doesn’t mean that they still can’t beat any other team…it just takes more effort.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

        ahhhhhh so Holtz is Brian Kelly?
        Get out the 80’s.
        Its 2012.

    • c4evr - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      When Lou said they weren’t very good, that usually meant they could beat any key. Unfortunately, when BK says it, I think he thinks he means it.

      • c4evr - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM


      • nudeman - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        This is taking on a life of its own. Who’s providing you with the transcripts? Sarah Palin?
        He said, and I quote “We are not a GREAT team”

      • mayo1010 - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        c4–There you go thinking again…PLEASE STOP before I bust a nut laughing! You have NO idea what BK is thinking! Stop acting like u do!

    • nudeman - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      I was driving to a sales call and heard the whole interview
      No one ran circles around anyone

      Very normal, non contentious conversation
      Nothing to see hear. Move along. Sorry.

      • jpwills19 - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        That was sandbagging at its very finest, IMO.

      • 9irish - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:57 AM

        That’s kind of what I thought…I don’t get the hub-bub. Cowherd is a weasley douchebag….very West Coast oriented. But he’s alright. I thought BK did well.

  2. rjamo123 - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    For the most part I respect what Cowherd does and says on the show and this interview was really no different. To say we are a great team isn’t true but how many great teams are there in cfb right now. 1? 3 maybe? The best part about this team is that they have given themselves a chance to prove that they are great which is all we can ask for and think cowherd if ND plays well and wins this weekend would agree that we are closer to that idea of a great team.

    As for his whole usc thing I think that it’s a bunch of malarky

    • dickasman - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Colin’s a prik but that’s his gig, what he does, one of them macho flamboyant homo types. And he ll nitpick to death. If Satan, I mean Saban was on there, he would ask him about 38% graduation rates and having criminals on the team.

      Look at this as a free pr although I think only like 10 people watch his show.

      • nudeman - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        I don’t get why everyone thinks Cowherd is a jerk. Maybe he is anti-ND and maybe he isn’t. I haven’t detected any obsessive anti ND stuff.

        Yesterday he was very polite and even complimentary with Kelly. He said he’s got ND ranked at 10 in his own rankings, which is understandable. All of our wins, except the 2 layups known as Navy and Miami, have been very very tight games, and the offense has largely stunk this year. We’ve blown no one else out and almost no one thinks we’re in the same class as LSU, Bama or Oregon.

        I guarantee if ND beats OU he’ll have them inside the top 5. If ND loses, he’ll probably have them around 15, depending on the nature of the loss.

  3. domer77blowsgoats - Oct 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    what else is Kelly supposed to say? “We’re great and should be #1”?

    he has never once wavered from the reality that is ND football, it was in a horrendous place after 15+ years of neglect, he’s rebuilding, but doesn’t have the luxury afforded to other programs that don’t have the sometimes irrational expectations that ND enjoys.

    When did Holtz ever say ND was great other than campaigning for the ’93 NC?

    The process is there, the talent is rounding out and building in depth, setting up a run for the next 10 years WHILE starting 7-0 which not a soul predicted with any confidence

    the only gripe i have is re: “talent” on special teams – if the younger kids can’t get it done put in the starters that can!!!

  4. bearcatirishfan - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Cowherd is a tool, I once herd him say how quarterbacks a always the good looking kids because that’s who their friend pick to be the quarterback. Oh and he was talking about how Andrew luck should be the #1 draft pick. Clem crazy but luck is nota good looking gentleman, not to mention why was he talking about good looking quarterbacks in the first place. Because he doesn’t have substance.

  5. bearcatirishfan - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    “Call me crazy” come on auto correct at least get close.

  6. phillyj - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    That clown is the epitome of everything that is wrong with sports punditry today.

  7. ndfaithful - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I think BK handled this really well. It was, essentially, a no-win situation for him. You could argue he gets a ‘win’ going on a call with a hyper-mouthy, stack-the-deck, never-admits-he’s-wrong, radio show jerk. You never win the conversation. The only win is to get Cowterd to say something like “this wasn’t nearly as contentious as I was hoping for”. The way it went, was he rambled about how to beat Oregon (wtf?) and feels like he got to tell Kelly a thing or two about coaching. Kelly didn’t take the bait, he let him ramble pointlessly.

    If BK comes out and says “we’re a great team” or “Stoops is gonna get some”, he’s bulletin board and sound-byte material immediately and a laughing-stock as soon as he loses one game. He came off as humble, articulate, and focused. He sounded real. Now, if they win, he looks like a great guy and Cowherd sounds like a prik.

    The truth is, that there’s only one or two great teams in the country and NOBODY really knows who they are until the second week of January. Cowherd’s got to talk everyday, so he gets to say whatever he wants. It’s his show.

  8. yllibnosredna - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I really don’t see the point in doing this interview…Maybe during the off-season, but mid-week before the Oklahoma game? As someone said earlier, this was a no-win situation going in. Cowherd is a blowhard and has taken the all-too-easy position of lambasting Notre Dame for 2 decades of under-performance and its departure from the upper echelon of college football. And Cowherd, who should be eating crow for his preseason prediction of a disastrous 2012 campaign for ND football after the Lynch transfer, resorts to ANY AND EVERY remaining critique (few though they are) of this ND football squad– which has done nothing but impress time and again–as a result of unprofessional bias and for the purpose of creating a contentious yet hollow debate that only serves to groom Cowherd’s ego and make Kelly look milquestoast. Cowherd amongst many others is the antithesis of guys like Lou Holtz and Digger Phelps–All are biased polarizing sports analysts whose viewpoints (in relation to ND football and athletics) are as skewed and inaccurate as they are inane.

    What is starting to be acknowledged by legitimate, objective college football analysts (K. Herbstreit, P. Forde, D. Pollack, and some others) is that ND is (under BK) gradually climbing back into the top tier of the college football world. For anyone who’s studied and watched the game and paid attention to college football over the past twenty-thirty years should understand that it’s much better to take a program and gradually build up from mediocrity to superiority over the better part of a decade (hopefully, BK’s trajectory) rather than strike fool’s gold, have a really good first year (Willingham) or first couple years (Weis), and then–after not building your program from the ground up–regress back to square one or worse than when you arrived.

    Granted, we’re likely not “back” yet. But that’s not the sort of thing that BK needs to go onto the radio and proclaim for the ears of millions of listeners. What the hell does he, his football team, or ND gain from that?!

    That being said, I do believe BK and co. have clearly set a foundation that will likely showcase consistent dominance on the college football landscape in the next 3-4 years. What Diaco has done with this defense is nothing short of astounding. And you have to believe that, at some point, BK’s reputation as a strong offensively minded coach will generate a better-than-average offense.

    On a side yet more relevant note, I think this weekend is going to be VERY, VERY tough. I just hope we don’t see a pasting like we’ve had before when traveling west over the past decade since the Davie era–(Coliseum, The Farm, Fiesta Bowl, Lincoln). However, if ND somehow keeps it close or comes out victorious, then it might be time to officially declare that BK has put some sizable space between himself and his 3 predecessors. And that is what CFB analysts with any shred of journalistic integrity and objectivity should acknowledge–an ND program that may not have fully returned glory but APPEARS to be well on its way!

  9. irishdodger - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM


    Cool down bro, BK handled that like a politician as he should have. It’s good PR…nothing more. Most ND fans (myself included) didn’t predict we’d be 7-0 heading to Norman. ND is ahead of schedule & if they take care of business, should finish no worse than 10-2. BK is using this as fuel for his team. He won’t be so humble in the locker room speech. BK came into this gig w/ eyes wide open. He’s witnessed the Fools Gold we fans witnessed in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005 & 2006. He knows the media will pump ND up at the first sign of “Return to Glory” only to knock them down when they’re blown out by an elite squad. Rome wasn’t built in a day…enjoy the ride.

    • bernhtp - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Kelly handled this just right, with humility. The team isn’t great, at least not just yet. There are obvious flaws that get beat to death on this blog, so what’s the point in trying to be coy about it? Doing so would just make Kelly seem disingenuous and deceptive. Kelly did great. He is working to make great teams and a great program.

  10. ndrocks2 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Cowherd is a predictable tool who gets on a subject and beats it to death. It’s Cam Newton and Mark Sanchez as we speak this week. He loves anything associated with Oregon and USC and his lead Monday will be Newton, Sanchez and the ND game win or lose. But seeing how he is predictable he will continually tell the world how he respects BK because in his mind he went after BK hard and he has confidence BK is on the right track and will turn ND around. It will, if nothing else help recruiting and best of all when ND is completely back Cowherd will go on endlessly that he called the shot.

  11. irishking - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Humility, humility, humility. That a way to go!

  12. ccad05 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    screw desmond howard

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      no thank you…when it comes to screwing, I have a strict No Penis policy. That’s actually the second rule. Rule #1 is no Wolverines.

  13. atw34 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    My college football coach would tell us all the time; “don’t pay attention to anything I say on TV/RADIO/NEWSPAPER. My message to you will ALWAYS be communicated to you in the locker room, NOT through the media”! Believe me, what BK tells his team in private and what he tells the media, in public, is rarely the same.

  14. idratherbeinsouthbend - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    BK is a master puppet in these PR gigs. He’ll tow the company line until his jaw is sore….and i don’t mind that at all. I certainly enjoy the antics of Steve Spurrier or Saban, or Mike Leach….they’re entertaining, but BK is representing Notre Dame. He knows that and he plays the game accordingly.

    HOWEVER….mark my words….

    We are going to see a very different offensive game plan on Saturday night. He’ll talk all day, every day about “one game at a time” and “just focus on getting better today” and “the process”, but he’s been gameplanning for the OU game since the spring. Holding EG out of last week’s game was tactical. I bet the kid was watching OU film as soon as he was knocked out of the Stanford game.

    You will see a different offense on Saturday. The ONLY thing that will stop ND from winning is multiple turnovers. We won’t be outplayed, outcoached, out-efforted, out disciplined.

    The overconfidence of this Sooners team will ultimately be their demise. The reason that Oregon never has a let down is simple…they don’t talk about who’s better, whether it will be close or a blowout, etc. etc. They just say, “We have a game on Saturday and we’re gonna run our offense. The results will take care of themselves.”

    As much as a I hate the Ducks, they don’t talk before the game or after the game. They talk during the game.

    I’ll shut up now….but understand that I have ZERO concern about winning this game. The only way we will lose is by turning over the football MULTIPLE times.

  15. irishdodger - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Cowherd loves to bait ND b/c some Pollyannish, homer fan will call up to defend them regardless of how bad ND performs. They pay into his hands & he makes them sound delusional. IGNORE HIM!

  16. footballleprechaun - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Well said -i r b I southbend- I’m certainly thinking that its a perfect time to implement a totally unprepared for offendive gameplan. Cant put a finger on it. Just a gut instinct!!!! Hope you’re correct – its time to take the bit from the throughbred’s mouth and let it run rough shod (is that a word) over Oklahoma…….they wont know what ’em. I feel BK may have a similar surprise with the return teams, also. Don’t think the team would need any special kind of motivation besides all the negative crap they’re seeing in the media. Let us know how it feels to have your azz handed to you and beat up & down your own field by a bunch of over rated “lucky-to-be-ranked kids wearing the shiny GOLD HELMETS!!!!!!!! LETS GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!

  17. yaketyyacc - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    when asked how good his team would be, he eplied, oh, the poor lads will be lucky go make a first down. Frank Leahy was right, they ran up 36 straight wins.
    Let’s put the shoe on the other foot. how would you like to be Oklahoma preparing for Notre Dame?
    Well, we’ve got to stop Riddick, and what about Wood, or Atkinsoon III or Cam? oh yeah! Now, double team Eifert and we stop thhe ND passing game. What about TJ or Goodman? Oh yeah! Now the defense can focus on Golson. right? you forgot about mr. Icewater Rees, who can’t run but scored a gouchdown on the quart back draw. oh yeah!
    But our offense is fast and talented. so was Miami. how about T’eo, Kapron Lewis, Nix, Tuitt, Spond Calabrase, and…… oh yeah!
    The sportswriters made Oklahoma no. 1,2,3,. Notre Dame made no 5 the hard way, the Irish earned it. the Irish don’t need the sportwriters to give the Irish a victory over Oklahoma, the Irish WILL earn it.

  18. tsombanj - Oct 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    The only thing that matters is what Kelly and his team discuss on the inside. I spent three years on the inside of a major football program. What the head coach says in the national spotlight has a meaning and a desired effect. What he says on the inside, is completely different. Kelly believes in his heart that he has the best football team. He knows his players, he knows their mindsets. And so he knows how to motivate them. Don’t be misguided by what you hear. Kelly has every expectation of winning each and every game his team plays this year. And his players know that as well. That’s all that matters! And so Cowherd and all the pundits can judge all they want. The beauty through all of this, is that ND gets the chance to prove themselves on the field and put this argument to rest.

  19. 4horsemenrideagain - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Let’s all agree on one thing; unless it’s on “30 for 30” or NFL Films, almost every “interview” done on ESPN (TV or Radio), for any and every sport is inane, banal and insulting to sports fans. Cowherd’s routine is as bad as Stephen A. Smith and many others on ESPN which has devolved into a sports version of the Howard Stern show, without the potty humor. I suppose a 24-hr sports news cycle demands that ESPN fill up many of those hours with stupidity, but stupidity that will keep viewers listening and watching, and I admit that I am no exception.

    Just recognize that Kelly wasn’t fooled, tricked or backed into a corner in this interview. The guy has one of the most visible jobs in the country, behind the President, Derek Jeter and Lebron James. He is savvy enough to hold his own against some fast-talking hack like those on the payroll at ESPN. As much as I love ND and by all accounts am a hopeless optimist, if Kelly had tried to claim this year’s team was a “great team,” it would have made me cringe and feel like he had just put the jinx on saturday. This team knows it does some things very well but that it is a far cry from greatness. Why blow sunshine up their a$$es by telling them anything different? Just to appease some ESPN clown in an interview? I wished he had said “we are not a very good team right now, and in fact, I just laid down $500 on OU covering that 10 point spread!”

  20. bearcatirishfan - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I think it also plays into Kelly’s philosophy that you are never a finished product.

  21. ctfivula - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Cow turd is a total USC homer. I listen to his show every day. When Kiffin was at Tenn. for five minutes he blasted anything and everything he did and said he was the worst coach in college football. Now he is back at USC and he loves him. He is the best recruiter and coach to ever walk the sideline. Before the start of the season he did a preview show and said that Notre Dame could not get the elite talent on the defensive line to compete with the big boys and said that the Irish would be lucky to get 5 wins this year with the extremely difficult schedule they had. Now the Irish are 7-0 riding the elite talent on the defensive line and he wants to shift gears to the QB and talk about the week schedule. I totally agree with Keith. He says something stupid takes callers and as soon as someone is about to make him look foolish he cuts them off and moves on to another subject insults the caller who he has already hung up on so the caller can’t defend himself. His name is pronounced COWARD for a reason. That being said I have to give him credit on a lot of things he says about life in general. He is spot on about a lot of things, sports just is not one of those things. The best thing i have ever heard him say is to take a step back. Like sports but love your family.

  22. bearcatirishfan - Oct 25, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    He’s still a tool

  23. c4evr - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Kelly’s answers sound like the offense – very vanilla. He would have done really well in the Obomney debates…

  24. mdirish - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Alright I’ve been reading this blog for over a year now and I know all of the contributors well enough to know who’s full of it and who actually knows ND football (nudeman IS the man). This is officially my first post and I couldn’t agree more with BK when he said this team is not GREAT. There are too many examples to list to support that. When he’s talking to the media he’s talking to his team. The message to his team is that we want to be great, we can be great and we’re making progress towards being great but we’re not there yet which is why we need to continue to get better and stick to the process.

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