Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Can The Pope Fire Brian Kelly?

Notre Dame committed five turnovers in Saturday afternoon/night loss to South Florida and each one was more upsetting to head coach Brian Kelly than the previous.

Irish players were seeing red by the third quarter as in the color of their head coach's face.

As you know, Notre Dame's home game are broadcast nationally due to a sweet deal with NBC so everyone can see the Irish's conquest, but also their failures.

Kelly's reactions got the attention of the National Catholic Register who posed the question of whether the second year coach should be fired over his actions (not because of a sexual assault or videographer's death or reinstating a star player after a third alcohol offense, just the outbursts Saturday).

"I don’t think calling for Kelly’s job is necessary or even appropriate…yet. But the trustees and the administration should let Kelly know that kind of behavior is unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.

We can argue about how Catholic Notre Dame is but the fact is that Notre Dame is the most well known Catholic institution. Screaming and cursing at young students like that just isn’t acceptable.

On one hand, people at home are watching and don’t need you tossing f-bombs into their living room. And on the other hand, it’s not appropriate behavior whether the cameras are there or not.

George O’Leary was fired just weeks after being hired as the head coach of football at Notre Dame for lying on his resume. Is Brian Kelly’s cursing at young men on national television more acceptable? I don’t think so."

Notre Dame is a -4 point favorite at Michigan this weekend.

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