Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly celebrates a victory against the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Irish beat the Sooners 30-13. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
After accepting the Notre Dame head coaching position three years ago while leading a resurgent Cincinnati program, Brian Kelly said he obviously expected to win.
And win he has.
The nation’s most historically powerful program had suffered through roughly two decades of extremely lean years. Nobody expected the Irish to compete until Kelly could at least have had a chance to recruit a totally new crop of players.
However, Kelly’s planned trajectory was far more aggressive. In just his third season at the helm, Kelly has led the Irish to the nation’s only undefeated, bowl-eligible 12-0 record.
He was presented with the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award for his efforts.
The Award was given to him over Alabama’s Nick Saban, whom he will be facing in the BCS National Championship game.
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