Kelly’s Irish Overhaul

Really good read linked below from Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel on the changes Brian Kelly has made to the Notre Dame football program after last season’s disappointing 4-8 record. I think it’s good for coaches to read about the thinking (and changes) Kelly has undergone in the wake of Notre Dame’s first bowl-less season since 2009. Kelly’s revelations about what needed to change came from exit interviews with departing seniors, honest self-assessment, and an eight-and-half hour meeting with Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbick. Really interesting to see how much of Kelly’s areas to address involve culture and the program’s overall mentality.

“My ego does not need to be satiated in any shape or fashion,” he says. “I want to win for Notre Dame. That’s why I did this and made the tough decisions that I made. If I wanted to call the offense, I would’ve just kept those guys and said, ‘Hey move over I’m coaching.’ I want to win for Notre Dame and that’s why I made these decisions.”


For more on Kelly:
-Kelly’s “Daily Practice Emphasis” Philosophy (LINK)
-Kelly’s themes by quarter (LINK)
-Kelly: “The best question is ‘Why do you do it that way?” (LINK)
-Brian Kelly and the secret sauce (LINK)

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