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Notre Dame alums losing patience with Kelly?

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09:46 AM ET 04.21 | I did a double-take to make sure I was in the right place last week as the Notre Dame Club of Chicago's annual Knute Rockne dinner got under way inside a Sheraton-Chicago ballroom. It may be a sign of the times that the room was maybe two-thirds full for Brian Kelly; the Irish are coming off back-to-back 8-5 seasons and have won 10 games only twice in the last 10 years. It's not that Kelly lacked confidence. There was a hint of a swagger in his voice as he talked about the program he is building and the system he is installing, and the staff changes he has made reflected the degree of each aide's compatibility with both. He's excited about them, too. One of my tablemates said he'd be a lot more excited about that system if Kelly had beaten Tulsa or South Florida with it, never mind Michigan or Stanford. But this was not a night for skepticism.

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April 21, 2012  09:50 AM ET

Is Van losing patience with Kelly????????? :-)

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April 21, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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Is Van losing patience with Kelly????????? :-)

I should have added Piratey and any other ND fan to that question!!!

April 21, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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Oops. Meant to write *Piratey* as another ND pundit.

Harley, you beat me to it!!!!! :-)

April 21, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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Oops. Meant to write *Piratey* as another ND pundit.

Harley, you beat me to it!!!!! :-)

April 21, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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Harley, you beat me to it!!!!! :-)

Damn, it's too early for FN to be so screwed up this morning!!!!!!

April 21, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Nothing new here. since 2001-2010 they went through 4 different head coaches and lost 10 of the last 12 bowl games they were in. Of course the 2 wins were not against any team ranked in the top 25.
He will get a chance to prove himself.

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April 21, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Not having a solid backup for QB Crist is why we see 8-5. Rees is a very poor decision maker.
I hope coach Kelly will finally admit it and bench him.

April 21, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Not having a solid backup for QB Crist is why we see 8-5. Rees is a very poor decision maker.I hope coach Kelly will finally admit it and bench him.

Maybe Kelly should bench HIMSELF!!!!! LOL.

April 21, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Could ND hire Tricky Tressel(ha-ha)?

Petrino is currently available, as I understand it...

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April 21, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Maybe Kelly should bench HIMSELF!!!!! LOL.

A coach is allowed a third season to fully implement his forces. The defense has greatly improved, consistency is much needed. FINISH STRONG!!!!!

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April 21, 2012  10:29 AM ET

It takes time to rebuild a program. I was excited when Weis got to South Bend, but it became apparent after his first two seasons that he lacked the skills to make those great recruits outstanding players.

The offensive scheme ND is using under Kelly is far different than the set Weis used. Additionally, they stunk in the running game and on the defensive side of the ball. You can't win college football games when those two areas are your achilles heel. Things are on the upswing. Last year the running game was very good, and the defense continues to improve. I'm optimistic about things. Once Tommy Rees is sent to the bench and #5 is the starter at the QB position, we'll have what we need.

It's going to be a great year. Go Irish!

April 21, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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Maybe Kelly should bench HIMSELF!!!!! LOL.

Go drink your Metamucil!

April 21, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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A coach is allowed a third season to fully implement his forces. The defense has greatly improved, consistency is much needed. FINISH STRONG!!!!!

Yeah, I think they should give Kelly a third year, but IMO with their schedule this year I look for them to finish at 7-5 or 8-4.

 
April 21, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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Damn, it's too early for FN to be so screwed up this morning!!!!!!

They can't even get the ??? out of the article!

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