No Shortage Of Ego
September 29, 2016
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is rarely accused of being a humble guy. But he and his ego went a bit too far Saturday after his Irish lost at home to Duke by a score of 38-35. There are always a boatload of questions anytime you’ve lost at home when you are 21-point favorites. And Kelly fielded questions at his postgame press conference. He was quoted as saying that coaching had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. He spoke of being pleased with his coaching performance and that of his staff. In other words, Kelly threw his players under the bus.
Kelly went on to say that every position, all 22 of them, will be evaluated and that no job is safe. Wait a second coach Kelly. Did you not recruit all the players on your roster? Did you not choose your starting 22 players? Is that not part of coaching?
Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly
I did some surfing on the web and, as expected, fans of Notre Dame football are not happy with his post game remarks. They also are not happy that the Irish are 1-3 and have a coach who is not taking any responsibility for the slow start. Notre Dame is not supposed to lose to the likes of Duke. Not in football anyway.
I have never been a Notre Dame fan and have never cared for Kelly as a coach. The head coach is the main man. Everything that happens under his watch falls under the coaching umbrella. Kelly’s team just got beat at home to a 21-point underdog. He has players that Duke would love to have on its roster. The Irish are likely have more talent than Duke at virtually every position on the field. Losing to the Blue Devils means that Kelly did not get his team ready to play. That’s on him. Kelly is responsible for bringing in talent, cultivating that talent and getting that talent ready to play. If coaching had nothing to do with the outcome, then coaching wouldn’t be needed. Players could just coach themselves. His self-serving statements on Saturday likely left many believing Notre Dame deserves better.
College Football Fodder
LSU came one second away from pulling out a must-win game over Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers could not get a snap off in time.
Time management issues and another loss led to head coach Les Miles getting fired on Sunday. It has almost been a decade since Miles brought LSU a national title. The cliche ‘what have you done for me lately’ fits here. The Tigers are 6-8 against the SEC West since 2014 which means they are no longer national championship contenders. Miles gave the Tigers 12 good years and he will find employment soon.
I believe Tennessee football is back. It looked like the old Vols during the first half on Saturday as Florida opened up a 21-3 halftime lead. Tennessee came out of the lockeroom and put a hurting on the Gators en-route to a 38-28 victory.
The win ended a tortuous 11-game losing streak against Florida. Quarterback Josh Dobbs finally showed he can play as he finished with 400 total yards and five touchdowns.
It will not get any easier for the Vols as they have road trips coming up at Georgia and Texas A&M before meeting Alabama. If Tennessee can win two of the next three, it will be a national player again.
Speaking of Texas A&M, don’t be fooled by its fast 4-0 start. The Aggies started 5-0 each of the last two seasons before fading fast. After cracking the top 10 each season, Texas A&M lost five of its last seven last season after losing five of its last eight in 2014.
Southern Cal has to be wondering if they chose the right coach at the end of last season. The Trojans blew a big lead at Utah. I watched this late game and kept asking why Helton stopped giving the ball to Justin Davis.
All Davis did early on was average 12 yards a carry while USC opened up a 24-10 third quarter lead. Davis only touched the ball one time the rest of the game and the Trojans lost yet another game.
While the likes of Notre Dame, Southern Cal, and Oregon have already lost two or more games, Wake Forest is off to a 4-0 start. The Demon Deacons beat Indiana 33-28 to remain undefeated. That was their second Power 5 road win. Wake has Syracuse, Army, Virginia, and BC at home. Winning two of those four will get Wake Forest to their first bowl game since 2011.