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Brian Kelly Throws Jab at Ohio State Over Easy Schedule

Notre Dame has played only two games on its 2011 schedule and Brian Kelly is already trying to work the BCS selection committee. College football has easily the most sensitive schedule across sports. By that I mean if you lose two games early, you stand virtually no chance at winning a national championship or even qualifying for a BCS bowl game. With that in mind, the 2011 season will likely be one of little success for the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame has opened the season 0-2 after losses to South Florida and Michigan.  Naturally, Kelly has faced a ton of criticism about the way his team has played.  The Fighting Irish finished strongly in 2010 but things have not gone their way thus far in 2011.  Kelly blames a difficult schedule for his team’s early-season struggles.

“We’ve made so many mistakes against two pretty tough teams coming out,”Kelly told the Chicago Sun-Times via CBSSports.com’s Eye on College Football blog. “Again, as you see the schedule, Ohio State is playing Toledo. I mean, teams are playing easy games early on in the schedule. We don’t get that luxury. We have to go play in front of 115,000 [at Michigan Stadium]. Those mistakes are more glaring against opponents that are physically pretty good, as well.

“I believe that we’re going to be a good football team. We won’t be until we clean up the little things that keep popping up on Saturdays.”

Perhaps Kelly should discuss this matter with his athletic department and not randomly direct his frustrations toward Ohio State.  There are plenty of negative things to say about the Buckeyes program, but schools can schedule non-conference opponents as they please.  By scheduling tougher games at the beginning of the year, Notre Dame hopes to gain national recognition as a BCS contender.  The Fighting Irish have failed to do that.

One of your top responsibilities as a coach is to keep your players focused on their own responsibilities and not worry about what is going on elsewhere.  Inviting your team to play the “poor me” card and complain about what other teams are doing sets a horrible example.



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  • Anonymous

    What braindead critics like this don’t realize is that Ohio State is a STATE university. and being a STATE university at the mercy of STATE legislators, they have to give a little back to those STATE legislators who graduated from places like akron, ohio northern, toledo, bowling green, etc. They are pressured to play those programs. I know m ost people just can’t comprehend it, but these games actually support those smaller football programs. BG isn’t getting a 600k payday to play anyone else. This is all about the big picture and not 1 game.

    By the way, Toledo is pretty damn good. They beat Michigan last year and could beat ND

  • Anonymous

    Playing easy games? We would be glad to play Michigan at the beginning of the season, that looks like an easy game to us….

  • Gene

    At least Ohio State and JimTressel had the good sense to keep the camera man out of the tower during that period of high winds. Brian Kelly insisted upon it, with deadly consequences. 

    Instead of opening his big mouth, he should have resigned for that fatal faux pas, which was far worse than lying to the NCAA.  Note:  I am in no way condoning Tressel’s actions, I am justing stating that Kelly’s transgression was far worse.

  • Gene

    At least Ohio State and JimTressel had the good sense to keep the camera man out of the tower during that period of high winds. Brian Kelly insisted upon it, with deadly consequences. 

    Instead of opening his big mouth, he should have resigned for that fatal faux pas, which was far worse than lying to the NCAA.  Note:  I am in no way condoning Tressel’s actions, I am justing stating that Kelly’s transgression was far worse.

  • Anonymous

    Gene, Brian Kelly was not the coach of ND at the time the young man fell from the tower.  That was under the Weiss regime.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidWest72 David West

    Let the TimDot bashing begin….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K6VLYTX6EYLUZ3NAMPVUWT7RRY Jason

    Classy, but what Kelly fails to mention is Ohio State will go on to play Michigan, Michigan State (who has a good shot at beating them), Wisconsin, and Nebraska around the time he’s playing Air Force and Navy.  And South Florida is hardly a powerhouse.  Quit whining about your schedule (or someone else’s) and 
    coach for it. 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Wrong, that happened last year under Kelly. Check your facts

  • Jonathan Farley

    Hey coach Kelly, we always put some fluff at the beginning of the season.  Take a look at when we put Notre Dame on the schedule 1995 and 1996.  1995 W 45-26.  1996 W 29-16 in south bend.

    Farley in Ohio

  • Anonymous

    woops correction it was a couple years earlier that Toledo beat Michigan, maybe I’m thinking of their beating Purdue.

    Doesn’t ND only have 2 currently ranked teams on their schedule? I know the last few years OSU has finished with a much tougher SOS than ND.

  • Anonymous

    Jason, get a life.  ND plays Michigan and Michigan State, just like you.  They also play USC and Stanford, which are teams of the same level as Wisconsin and Nebraska.  I agree that TimDot is an idiot and that Brian Kelley needs to put his money where his mouth is, but if you are going to argue a point and least have some merit to it.  OSU’s schedule is no tougher than ND’s.  Don’t make it out to be. 

    By the way, ask the SEC how tough OSU is. 

  • Anonymous

    Hey Gene I mean Brian who have you played this year? Cry baby!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Kalil/1431730691 Charles Kalil

    ND’s schedule is not harder than OSU, they simply don’t match up well. As far as the SEC is concerned, the last time the SEC played OSU…. they lost in the Sugar Bowl. Stop living in the past Dome lover. If ND wants to be relevant again, they need to join a conference.

  • Gene

    The accident took place last year and Kelly was certainly  the coach last season.  Check your facts.  Google it and you will see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Benoit/1847313267 James Benoit

    New Years Day, Notre Dame came to El Paso and SHA-ZAM we had a snow storm {a relative rarity} and Notre Dame whined and cried the entire time.

    They beat a flat Miami team and let me assure you, we here in West Texas didn’t anticipate snow, nor the Drug War going on just over the border in Mexico or any of the other difficulties we face BUT we ALWAYS show the Sun Bowl teams a GOOD TIME and most are gracious and appreciative.

    Notre Dame  WAS NOT gracious, and uber N.D. homer, ESPN’s Mike Golic b*tched like a fat ol’ mother-in-law and bad mouthed us on the air – his kids play for N.D. – all I can say is “ain’t karma a b*tch?” LOL! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Benoit/1847313267 James Benoit

    New Years Day, Notre Dame came to El Paso and SHA-ZAM we had a snow storm {a relative rarity} and Notre Dame whined and cried the entire time.

    They beat a flat Miami team and let me assure you, we here in West Texas didn’t anticipate snow, nor the Drug War going on just over the border in Mexico or any of the other difficulties we face BUT we ALWAYS show the Sun Bowl teams a GOOD TIME and most are gracious and appreciative.

    Notre Dame  WAS NOT gracious, and uber N.D. homer, ESPN’s Mike Golic b*tched like a fat ol’ mother-in-law and bad mouthed us on the air – his kids play for N.D. – all I can say is “ain’t karma a b*tch?” LOL! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WGPEMJACMWZTNFFO3W2AIN3IEA george

    Hey Kelly you walked on UC. stay way from Ohio

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.skratulia John Skratulia

    ND has more talent then both of their first two opponents.  It is the coach’s fault that the Irish were not prepared to play better in either contest.  Get your act together Kelly before you worry about what other schools are doing,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_27FMG5P6FPXV6NLFWMOYHTSXKA Angie

    If he’s crying after losing to Michigan, Put him on suicide alert after a much better Michigan State team gets done with them on Saturday.  What a little beeeatch.  His players must be so proud of him

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    Actually, Michigan did not play Toledo last year. Michigan lost to Toledo in 2008, which was the same year they went 3-9. No starting QB, new team, new spread offense, new staff. Not really comparable, but, I do agree – Toledo is a good team, and i’d love to see them play ND. I really think it’d be a great game.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    Actually, Michigan did not play Toledo last year. Michigan lost to Toledo in 2008, which was the same year they went 3-9. No starting QB, new team, new spread offense, new staff. Not really comparable, but, I do agree – Toledo is a good team, and i’d love to see them play ND. I really think it’d be a great game.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    You have a long year ahead of you. Don’t get too excited just yet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    You have a long year ahead of you. Don’t get too excited just yet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    TimDot, you are 100% absolutely wrong.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    TimDot, you are 100% absolutely wrong.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    USF has been picked to win the Big East and go to a BCS game. While they are not the same caliber team as an LSU or Oregon, they are most certainly a strong opponent, and very young. Will only get better.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srspirofl Steve Spiro

    USF has been picked to win the Big East and go to a BCS game. While they are not the same caliber team as an LSU or Oregon, they are most certainly a strong opponent, and very young. Will only get better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Didn’t Ohio State recently have OOC home-and-homes with Texas and USC ?

    And in the mid-90s when ND played Ohio State, in those years they did not play Michigan.

  • Anonymous

    No one is getting excited and yes, we do have a tough schedule ahead of us.
    And, but for some signifcant penalties, Toledo could have beat tOSU. Kelly, in the process of being an apologist for what has become a perennial weak team, is doing nothing more than the usual pre-season sophistry of ranking teams based on their name or their season last year. For the first 4 -5 games, the media (who is constantly looking for a story, even when there is none) needs to just hold off on rankings.Again, I stand by by contention that the way Michigan is playing, they could be thrown in with what are perceived as “cupcakes”.

  • Anonymous

    TimDot, you are 100% correct..

    From ESPN, October 28, 2010, 10:17 AM ET

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Notre Dame student died Wednesday after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over.

    Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was transported from the LaBar practice complex to a South Bend hospital, where he died.

    Notre Dame emergency personnel examine the location where a tower used to tape the team’s football practice fell over, leading to the death of student Declan Sullivan.

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Declan’s family and friends,” coach Brian Kelly said in a release.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha.  I love it.  WE play Michigan early.  “Look at the scoreboard.  OSU isn’t” playing Michigan early in the year??!  The point?  (Will Wolverines be a better team to play in game 2 or game 11)?  Gawd.  Toledo would beat Notre Dame by double digits in 2011.  Watch this season play out.  You’ll see in 3 days as they take on Boise State.  And you’re losing to Air Force again, ND.

  • Anonymous

    Ohio State ALWAYS plays Michigan.

    Notre Dame won back-to-back games in 1935-36, while Ohio State won back-to-back games in  1995-96. Ohio State defeated the Notre Dame 34-20  in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl

    Ohio State and Texas split. Texas’ 2005 win at 25-22 was the lowest scoring game the team would experience all season. 2006 OSU won W 24-7.

  • Anonymous

    Ohio State ALWAYS plays Michigan.

    Notre Dame won back-to-back games in 1935-36, while Ohio State won back-to-back games in  1995-96. Ohio State defeated the Notre Dame 34-20  in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl

    Ohio State and Texas split. Texas’ 2005 win at 25-22 was the lowest scoring game the team would experience all season. 2006 OSU won W 24-7.

  • Anonymous

    Kelly’s comment was not only disrespectful to Ohio State, it was disrespectful to Toledo!  Shut up, Kelly, and start coaching your team.

  • Anonymous

    Kelly’s comment was not only disrespectful to Ohio State, it was disrespectful to Toledo!  Shut up, Kelly, and start coaching your team.

  • Anonymous

    Kelly’s comment was not only disrespectful to Ohio State, it was disrespectful to Toledo!  Shut up, Kelly, and start coaching your team.

  • Anonymous

    Kelly’s comment was not only disrespectful to Ohio State, it was disrespectful to Toledo!  Shut up, Kelly, and start coaching your team.

  • Greg Roof

    jlday1256, i don’t understand your reply.  You said TimDot is 100% correct, then post a statment from “coach Brian Kelly” about the incident?

  • Anonymous

    Kelly realizes he is way out of his depth at ND and appears to be unaware he is now showing he is even farther out of his depth when it comes to public oratory. I guess unless he can scream the F-bomb ever other word he gets brain freeze and bathers on about things he has no true concept of. Unless attacking The Ohio State University is his way of deflecting critisism from his abject failures at ND……. Maybe he should just stick to trying win at least one game before he attacks another program.

  • Anonymous

    If Notre Dame played Toledo 10 straight times, it would come out a 6-4 split.  Guessing which team wins the split is a toss-up bet..

  • Anonymous

    Toledo has as many ranked teams on their schedule as Notre Dame.

  • Anonymous

    Duh…you are 100% right and TimDot is 100% wrong. I guess I didn’t follow the thread. Kelly was the coach at the time of the tower incident. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Like Arkansas?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    I meant it was Notre Dame didn’t play Michigan the years they played Ohio State