Kelly makes a Dan Patrick Show appearance


With game week upon us, Brian Kelly made a stop by the Dan Patrick Show, answering some interesting questions and shedding some new light on a few subjects. As usual, DP asked some great questions — “Who will you miss more, Manti Te’o or Everett Golson” for one — and it’s worth the ten minute listen.

Things got particularly interesting when Patrick cited a report where an NFL source called this season a “thirteen-game NFL job interview.” Kelly laughed it off, saying that’s the world a successful college coach lives in.

“I think I’ll get a lot of that,” Kelly said. “It comes with the territory of being a winning football coach. Whether it’s at Oklahoma or Ohio State.”

When pressed on the allure of the NFL, Kelly was candid about his “intrigue” in the Eagles job, while also saying he wasn’t even sure if the job was going to be offered to him. He also made a statement that should make a lot of Irish fans happy.

“I don’t think that I would feel like I’ve missed something or be unsatisfied in any way,” Kelly said. “If I got a chance to end my career at Notre Dame, I would not feel like I’d have missed something.”

(In reality, if Kelly retires as Notre Dame’s coach, it’ll likely be after a statue is erected outside the stadium and the Irish have finally won another national title. Because if history is any reminder, not too many people retire from this job. They’re fired.)

Last interesting tidbit, Kelly mentioned the upcoming playoff. While athletic director Jack Swarbrick has sounded confident that a four team playoff is all that’s in the works, the Irish head coach thought that it was just a matter of time before the playoff expands to eight teams.

“I don’t have any first hand information, but if you’re asking me for my opinion, eight is right around the corner,” Kelly said.



Video round-up: Blue-Gold game


If you’re looking for highlights, we’ve got ’em.

Thanks to the wonderful work of the NBC Video team, here’s a nice run-down of the big offensive plays in today’s Blue-Gold game.

Andrew Hendrix’s 10-yard TD run:

Hendrix’s 15-yard TD run:
Everett Golson’s TD pass to John Goodman:
Golson’s 23-yard cross-country run:
Brian Kelly’s pregame interview:
And finally, some schmuck on the sideline:

Hegarty named Sports Illustrated Player of the Week

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Looking for an incoming recruit to get excited about? Try New Mexico’s Matt Hegarty, who Sports Illustrated recently named their High School Player of the Week.

Hailed as the nation’s top offensive lineman, the 6-5, 270-pound tackle has 27 offers spanning from Texas to Harvard, a testament to both his athleticism and intellect. He committed to the Irish back in April and has held strong throughout the season, understanding the process that comes with a coaching transition.

“If you look at a lot of great programs around the country, they didn’t have spectacular seasons with some of the first-year coaches,” Hegarty said back in early November, when the Irish were in the midst of a midseason swoon.

Here’s more from from’s write up:

His freakish athleticism allows him keep pace with most linebackers and defensive ends, and his textbook footwork has been crucial on passing downs. He didn’t surrender a sack his entire senior year, recording 81 pancakes. He’s widely regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation.

Even with his success, the recruiting process started slowly. He was initially targeted by just New Mexico and Oregon, but drew more attention after a standout performance at the National Underclassmen Combine in Norman, Okla., where he earned offensive line MVP honors.

“It really started rolling after that,” he said.

Hegarty committed to Notre Dame last April, selecting the Irish for the combination of academics and tradition. His presence should immediately upgrade Brian Kelly’s porous line, as the Irish gave up 20 sacks this season. Despite the Irish’s recent struggles (they’ve gone just 23-26 since 2007), Hegarty remains optimistic.

“I think that there was a lot of progression that went on this year, a lot of development in the team,” he said. “I’m excited to see where that program will go.”

Here’s the video SI shot of Hegarty when they visited him in Aztec, New Mexico, which gives you a better idea of just how good of a kid Hegarty really is.
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