Brian Kelly Done With Notre Dame, Heading To Florida State
Brian Kelly is done with Notre Dame, heading to Florida State.
Several weeks after Florida State made the abrupt, albeit understandable, decision to fire Willie Taggart, it is still unclear who they will hire to replace him.
There were some early murmurs about Bob Stoops, Deion Sanders and a few other longshots stepping in, but nothing ever materialized there.
Now rumors have resurfaced that Florida State is taking a hard look at Kelly.
Kelly has been at Notre Dame for almost a decade and has enjoyed a decent amount of success with the program.
Last year the program made it to the postseason and in 2012 they played in the BCS title gam.
Although Kelly does not have any championships on his resume, he has done reasonably well with what he was given.
That said, it does feel like a change is necessary at South Bend. This year’s team lost its only big games of the year versus Georgia and Michigan, and it appears as though both sides have gotten all they could out of the relationship.
It could make sense for Kelly to skip town and take the Florida State job.
According to Bud Elliott and Ingram Smith of The NoleCast, several independent sources have confirmed to them that FSU has interest in Kelly.
“If Brian Kelly wanted to leave Notre Dame, I think Florida State should jump at that chance,” Elliot said.
“He’s an excellent coach, he’s won at multiple jobs at a high level. He’s dealt with some pretty serious academic restraints and restrictions as far as who [recruits] he can sign at Notre Dame,” he continued.
“If he did want to leave Notre Dame, perhaps, maybe somebody says ‘Hey, you’re not going to win a National Title at Notre Dame because of the kids you can’t recruit.’
“Some of these kids who academically really don’t belong in any college and are really, really good on the football field. The kind of kids you can get at Florida State, but you can’t get at Notre Dame — at least not in the quantity you need to win a title.
“Maybe that could be a reason he’d want to leave. If so, you need to talk to him pretty seriously. My guess is that he probably wants to stay at Notre Dame.”
And since there are multiple sources indicating that Florida State has interest in Kelly, the speculation feels legit.
“Two people have told us they [FSU] has interest in Brian Kelly,” he said.
“I’d think he’d be an excellent candidate. There’s a little bit of questions about the fit, but the proven track record of hiring assistant coaches and having them get promoted to other jobs and hiring new ones who are as good or better is really impressive.
“He’s a really good recruiter with his staff. I think he knows what goes on in the south east, because we know he’s recruited some of these guys, and not always gotten them, but we know that’s due to some of the academic stuff.”
Will Kelly ultimately leave the Fighting Irish and end up at Florida State?
We’ll find out for certain once this season ends, but it definitely seems like a move that would make sense for everyone involved.