Coaches Hot Seat Prediction and Analysis of 2012 Season: Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Brian Kelly
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Head Coach: Brian Kelly
Years at Notre Dame: 2
Hot Seat Position: #84
Overall Coaching Record: 187 – 66 – 2 (.733)
Overall Won/Loss Record at Notre Dame: 16 – 10 (.615)
Overall Conference Record at Notre Dame: N/A
2011 Notre Dame Record: 8 – 5
2012 Notre Dame Schedule & Coaches Hot Seat Predictions
Sept 1 – Notre Dame (Ireland) – W
Sept 8 – Purdue – W
Sept 15 – at Michigan State – L
Sept 22 – Michigan – L
Oct 6 – Miami (FL) – W
Oct 13 – Stanford – L
Oct 20 – BYU – W
Oct 27 – at Oklahoman – L
Nov 3 – Pittsburgh – W
Nov 10 – at Boston College – W
Nov 17 – Wake Forest – W
Nov 24 – at USC – L
Number of Cupcake Teams Played by Notre Dame in 2012: NONE
Coaches Hot Seat 2012 Notre Dame Predicted Record: 7 – 5
Coaches Hot Seat Analysis: We here at Coaches Hot Seat cannot help but wonder if Brian Kelly in his first fall camp at Notre Dame looked at his assistant coaches in a meeting and wondered aloud….
“How exactly is it possible that Notre Dame football has less talent than the University of Cincinnati?”
We obviously don’t have a clue if Brian Kelly ever said anything like that or the above thought crossed his mind after he was hired as the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame….BUT….Kelly is most definitely NOT the head football coach at the…
….football program that those of us here at Coaches Hot Seat and millions of other college football fans across the country grew up watching and when exactly Brian Kelly realized that he had taken a job where the expectations for the job and the talent he had at his disposal were about as far apart as they could possibly be is an interesting parlor game for us here at CHS, but it is our opinion that Kelly has wondered not only what exactly the Hell he has gotten himself into AND more importantly he has thought long and hard about how exactly is he going to get Notre Dame back to the top of college football.
“91 – 67”
91 Wins and 67 Losses over the last 13 seasons is what Brian Kelly inherited at Notre Dame which is the Win – Loss record of the three head coaches that preceded Kelly in South Bend and it doesn’t take someone with a Notre Dame degree to figure that is an average of….
7 Wins a season
…for the Fighting Irish over those 13 seasons and if that doesn’t spell….
M – E – D – I – O – C – R – I – T – Y
…then nothing does.
Besides the “lack of talent” issue at Notre Dame there is something else that led to those 91 wins and 67 losses in the 13 seasons before Brian Kelly arrived in South Bend and that “something else” was on full display late last November when the Fighting Irish visited Stanford Stadium to play The Cardinal football team in Andrew Luck’s last regular season and home game with Stanford football.
There is an eye-test here at CHS we call the “Could the late 30s up to late 40s Coaches Hot Seat members whip your ass” test and as we looked over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the field before, during and after the Stanford game last November the sad TRUTH is that if for some reason a fight broke out between the “late 30s up to late 40s Coaches Hot Seat members” and the 2012 Fighting Irish football team that would have been a quick and relatively easy fight with the Notre Dame football team laying about on their Candy Asses knocked out cold.
Let’s make this very SIMPLE so everyone can understand: Notre Dame is NOT playing any CUPCAKES in 2012 and the folks in South Bend should be given credit for playing 12 legitimate football teams every football season….BUT….the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now a….
…themselves for several of the teams on their schedule!
In FACT it would probably be a good idea if the Notre Dame Fighting Irish went ahead and dropped the “Fighting” from their name because the TRUTH is as no doubt Brian Kelly and his coaches have learned after two years on the job…
There is NO FIGHT in the Irish…..well at least for the ones that live in South Bend, Indiana and wear golden helmets!
Luckily for the Notre Dame fans, boosters, administration and NBC Sports the Notre Dame football team probably has the best coach available in Brian Kelly that MIGHT be able to return the Non-Fighting Irish back to the top of college football and we say MIGHT because Notre Dame football is on the edge of becoming irrelevant as it pertains to BIG TIME Major College Football in America and if Brian Kelly cannot get it done in South Bend then we have some news for Notre Dame football fans everywhere…
NO ONE CAN.
What then does the 2012 football season hold for Notre Dame?
Lots of Very Tough Games including….
Navy in Ireland, at Michigan State, Michigan, Miami, Stanford, BYU, at Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and at USC and unless the Irish play at a much HIGHER level than they played in 2011 there is very good chance they will end the season with 8 wins or less and since we are talking about Notre Dame football here…..
Remember “91 – 67 over 13 seasons”
….then maybe the Irish fans should just relax, be happy and accept the FACT that 7 or 8 wins may be the best the Non-Fighting Irish football team can do and that…
M – E – D – I – O – C – R – I – T – Y
….for Notre Dame football is now just a FACT OF LIFE.