It appears Brian Kelly can’t get out of South Bend fast enough. Notre Dame shouldn’t hold back a man who has a history of thinking only for himself.
Brian Kelly’s narcissism knows no bounds.
The overly self-involved Notre Dame coach never has made a mistake, according to Brian Kelly. That’s the same Brian Kelly who, as a face of a Catholic university, is often caught by television cameras berating players with multiple expletives on the sideline.
That’s fitting, since Kelly can’t accept even an iota of blame for a defeat – or eight of them, for those counting at home.
Not Kelly, who exudes an arrogance so unrestrained that he’ll defy Notre Dame officials without a first thought. Kelly publicly proclaimed that he will “be himself” and not change his demeanor as rumors swirled of the university’s unhappiness with his antics.
Now there’s another report that Kelly wants to high-tail it out of South Bend in the run up to the hired-to-be-fired NFL’s Black Monday. What’s both hilarious and plausible at the same time is that no team reportedly wants any part of Kelly.
And that’s exactly the stance Notre Dame should take.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick should prop the front door open with one foot, kick Kelly in the rear with the other and toss all the medals Kelly has awarded himself throughout his career right on top of him. If you want out, then get out, Swarbrick should say.
All because Kelly somehow managed to screw up a seemingly perfect marriage over which Touchdown Jesus presides.
Notre Dame’s fan base is one that showers blind support for mediocrity. One that fawns over golden helmets hiding deep gashes beneath layers of fresh paint – paint that often peels at the first sign of adversity. It’s made up mostly of non-Notre Dame-educated fans who have hitched themselves to a tradition that features nothing of significance since George H.W. Bush lived in the White House.
They celebrate victories over service academies with the zeal of winning an elusive national championship and proverbially pat players’ fannies while shrugging when the Fighting Irish get “screwed by the refs.” Losses result from the faults of others, not their beloved Notre Dame.
But what’s most telling of their naiveté is that they continue to support Kelly despite all the negative attention he brings. Simultaneously, Kelly takes for granted just how good he has it at Notre Dame.
Reality is far more scary, though. Kelly is at fault for mediocre seasons that Notre Dame once deemed unacceptable, no matter how much he tries to deflect it. Just like he’s at fault for the academic misconduct scandal that wiped the 21 victories away from 2012 and ’13, as well as the multiple player arrests that have embarrassed the normally chaste university.
And that’s precisely why he wants to get out before the tide swallows him up. In Kelly’s vocabulary, loyalty is equivalent to one of the four-letter words he so often uses in his childish tirades.
Kelly bolted Central Michigan for Cincinnati without so much as a goodbye just three days after the Chippewas won the MAC Championship Game. He told his Cincinnati players that he wasn’t going anywhere, then shortly after accepted the Notre Dame job and left behind an extremely angry team and university for his handling of the situation.
There’s a reason rumors surface, and yet Kelly denies them through gritted teeth with an ego that could burst with one more untruth. It’s the worst-kept secret in sports that Kelly wants to coach in the NFL, but somehow Kelly appears to be the only one not in the know.
Kelly denied the NFL rumors last year, he had to deny them again in November, and he’ll likely drudge up some sort of statement to deny them again. He’ll strike out trying to find his NFL job, then pledge his allegiance to Notre Dame again.
Only this time, Notre Dame shouldn’t stand for it.