Brian Kelly (American football coach)

Last updated

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly 2012.jpg
Kelly in 2012
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Notre Dame
Conference Independent
Record60–34 [n 1]
Biographical details
Born (1961-10-25) October 25, 1961 (age 57)
Everett, Massachusetts
Playing career
1979–1982 Assumption
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1986 Assumption (DC/LB)
1987–1988 Grand Valley State (GA/DB)
1989–1990Grand Valley State (DC/RC)
1991–2003Grand Valley State
2004–2006 Central Michigan
2007–2009 Cincinnati
2010–present Notre Dame
Head coaching record
Overall231–91–2 [n 1]
Bowls5–5 [n 1]
Tournaments11–4 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
0–1 (CFP)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAA Division II (2002–2003)
3 MIFC (1992, 1997–1998)
3 GLIAC (2001–2003)
1 MAC (2006)
2 Big East (2008–2009)
AFCA Division II Coach of the Year (2002–2003)
AP College Football Coach of the Year (2012, 2018)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2012)
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2009, 2012, 2018)
SN Coach of the Year (2012)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2012)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2018)
Big East Coach of the Year (2007–2009)

Brian Keith Kelly (born October 25, 1961) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since December 2009. Kelly was previously head coach at Grand Valley State University (1991–2003), Central Michigan University (2004–2006), and University of Cincinnati (2006–2009). He led the Grand Valley State Lakers to consecutive NCAA Division II Football Championships in 2002 and 2003. Kelly's 2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team reached the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

University of Notre Dame Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana, United States

The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a private Catholic research university in Notre Dame, Indiana. The main campus covers 1,261 acres (510 ha) in a suburban setting and it contains a number of recognizable landmarks, such as the Golden Dome, the Word of Life mural, the Notre Dame Stadium, and the Basilica. The school was founded on November 26, 1842, by Edward Sorin, who was also its first president.

Grand Valley State University university

Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts university in Allendale, Michigan. The university was established in 1960 and its main campus is situated on 1,322 acres (5.35 km2) approximately 12 miles (19 km) west of Grand Rapids. Classes are also offered at the university's campus in Downtown Grand Rapids, and its international campus in Holland, and through Traverse City established in cooperation with local community colleges.


Early years

Kelly was born in Everett, Massachusetts, and was raised in a Catholic Irish-American family in Chelsea, Massachusetts. [2] He attended St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts. His father was a Boston politician. [3] He was a four-year letter winner at Assumption College as a linebacker. After graduating from Assumption in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in political science he served as linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, and softball coach from 1983 to 1986.

Everett, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Everett is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, directly north of Boston, bordering the neighborhood of Charlestown. The population was 41,668 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.

Catholic Church Christian church led by the Bishop of Rome

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2017. As the world's "oldest continuously functioning international institution", it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the Pope. Its central administration, the Holy See, is in the Vatican City, an enclave within the city of Rome in Italy.

Irish Americans are an ethnic group comprising Americans who have full or partial ancestry from Ireland, especially those who identify with that ancestry, along with their cultural characteristics. About 33 million Americans — 10.5% of the total population — reported Irish ancestry in the 2013 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This compares with a population of 6.7 million on the island of Ireland. Three million people separately identified as Scotch-Irish, whose ancestors were Ulster Scots and Anglo-Irish Protestant Dissenters who emigrated from Ireland to the United States. However, whether the Scotch-Irish should be considered Irish is disputed.

Grand Valley State

Kelly joined the Grand Valley State University staff in 1987 as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach for Tom Beck and became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1989. Kelly took over as head coach in 1991. In his final three seasons the Lakers went 41–2, at one point winning 20 consecutive games. The Lakers went 14–0 in 2002 en route to their first national title and went 14–1 in 2003 when they claimed their second National Championship. Kelly was named the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year after each of these championship years.

Tom Beck is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Illinois Benedictine College—now Benedictine University—from 1970 to 1974, Elmhurst College from 1976 to 1983, and Grand Valley State University from 1985 to 1990. During his college football head coaching career, he compiled a 137–52–1 record, a .724 winning percentage. All three institutions where Beck coached had historically losing teams before he turned them into nationally ranked programs. Beck was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2004.

Grand Valley State Lakers football football team of Grand Valley State University

The Grand Valley State Lakers football team represents Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in NCAA Division II football. The team currently competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was affiliated with the now defunct Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference. The Lakers football team has appeared in six NCAA Division II national title games, winning four championships, since 2001. The team has made the playoffs in 17 seasons. They have also won or shared 16 conference titles.

In his 13 years as head coach at Grand Valley State, the Lakers won five conference titles and made six Division II Playoff appearances. Only in 1999 did Grand Valley State finish lower than third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference under Kelly.

The 2001 team set 77 NCAA, GLIAC, and school records, including setting the all-time Division II scoring record, averaging 58.4 points per game.

His record in 13 years at Grand Valley State was 118–35–2. [4]

Central Michigan

Kelly became the 24th head coach at Central Michigan University after the departure of Mike DeBord following the 2003 season. [5] Kelly inherited a team with limited success. Central Michigan had won more than three games only once in the previous four seasons. CMU finished with a 4–7 record in 2004. In Kelly's second year at Central Michigan, he coached the team to a 6–5 record—the first winning season in seven years for the Chippewas. In his third season, the Chippewas posted a 9–4 record under Kelly en route to winning the MAC Championship and qualifying for the Motor City Bowl. At the end of the 2006 season, Kelly left to accept the Cincinnati coaching vacancy three days after CMU won the 2006 MAC Championship. Jeff Quinn was named the interim for Central Michigan's contest in the Motor City Bowl against Middle Tennessee. Kelly's record at Central Michigan in three seasons was 19–16.

Central Michigan University public research university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant in the U.S. state of Michigan. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is one of the largest universities in the state of Michigan and one of the nation's 100 largest public universities. It has more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and 7,000 students enrolled online at more than 60 locations worldwide.

Mike DeBord is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He was previously the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Indiana University. DeBord was the head football coach at Central Michigan University from 2000 to 2003, compiling a record of 12–34. He worked as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan for a total of 11 seasons, from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2004 to 2007. He was the offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines for five seasons including Michigan's 1997 campaign, in which the team won part of a national championship. DeBord has also worked as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL), with the Seattle Seahawks (2008–2009) and the Chicago Bears (2010–2012).

Central Michigan Chippewas football football team of Central Michigan University

The Central Michigan Chippewas are a college football program in Division I FBS, representing Central Michigan University (CMU). CMU currently has the 30th highest overall winning percentage of programs currently playing in NCAA Division I.


Kelly was named Cincinnati's head coach on December 3, 2006, following the departure of Mark Dantonio. In an unusual move, Cincinnati elected not to appoint an interim coach and asked Kelly to assume his duties immediately by coaching the Bearcats in their bowl game. Central Michigan was also preparing for a bowl appearance, so while Kelly was in Cincinnati preparing the Bearcats, much of his staff remained at Central Michigan to coach the Chippewas. Following Central Michigan's 31–14 win in the Motor City Bowl on December 26, most of his staff joined him in Cincinnati, where they went on to coach Cincinnati to a 27–24 victory over Western Michigan University in that year's International Bowl on January 6. Cincinnati's victory gave Kelly the unique distinction of having defeated the same team twice in a season as coach of two different teams (Central Michigan had defeated Western Michigan 31–7 earlier that season).

Cincinnati Bearcats football football team of the University of Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bearcats football program represents the University of Cincinnati in college football. They compete at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level as members of the American Athletic Conference, and have played their home games in historic Nippert Stadium since 1924. The Bearcats have an all-time record of over .500 as of 2018, having reached their 600th program victory in 2017. The team has had a bit of a resurgence in the past few years, going 98-56 since 2006, along with 9 bowl game appearances, 5 conference titles, two BCS Bowl berths, and 22 NFL Draft selections.

Mark Dantonio American college football player, college football coach, defensive back

Mark Justin Dantonio is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head football coach at Michigan State University and he has held the position since the 2007 season, presiding over one of the most successful eras in the program's history. He's led the Michigan State Spartans to three Big Ten Conference championships, and eight victories over archrival Michigan in twelve years. In 2013, he coached Michigan State to its first 13-win season and the program's fifth trip to the Rose Bowl, where they defeated Stanford and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation. At the time, this was only the second instance a Big Ten team had reached the 13-win mark, the other being Ohio State's national championship season in 2002, where Dantonio was the defensive coordinator.Since then the third team in the Big Ten to reach the 13 win mark was Wisconsin's Orange Bowl winning team in 2017.The 2013 season also marked the first time a Big Ten team won nine conference games by double digits in each contest. In 2015, Dantonio became the first head coach in Big Ten history to achieve at least 11 wins in five of six seasons. On December 6, 2015, Dantonio's Spartans qualified for the College Football Playoff for the first time in the program's history. The Spartans were the No. 3 seed in the Playoff and faced Alabama in the 2015 Cotton Bowl, but lost 38–0.

Western Michigan Broncos football

The Western Michigan Broncos football program represents Western Michigan University in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Western Michigan has competed in football since 1906, when they played three games in their inaugural season. In 1927, WMU joined four other schools to form the Michigan Collegiate Conference. Western Michigan then moved to its present conference in 1948. Prior to 1939, Western Michigan's athletic teams were known as the Hilltoppers.

In his first full season, Kelly led Cincinnati to a competitive position in the Big East; the Bearcats' second ever 10-win season (its first since 1949); and a Top 25 ranking. On December 5, 2007, Kelly was named Big East Coach of the Year after leading the Bearcats to a 9–3 record. [6] Coach Kelly later led the Bearcats to a 31–21 victory in the Bowl over Southern Miss.

In 2008, Kelly led Cincinnati to its first ever outright Big East title with key wins over West Virginia and Pittsburgh. The Bearcats had never defeated either team in Big East conference play. Kelly also became the first coach to win all three of the Bearcats' traveling trophies—[ citation needed ] the Victory Bell (Miami [OH]), the Keg of Nails (Louisville), and the River City Rivalry Trophy (Pitt). The Bearcats played in the Orange Bowl versus the ACC champion, Virginia Tech on January 1, 2009 but lost 20–7.

After beginning the 2009 season unranked in all polls, Kelly's Bearcats reeled off 12 straight victories and finished the regular season undefeated. Going into the bowl season, they were ranked #3 in the BCS Standings and faced the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl. Kelly did not coach the team in the 51-24 loss to the Florida Gators because of his departure to Notre Dame.

Among the honors that Cincinnati football achieved in 2009 was the highest academic rating among teams in the top 10 of the current BCS standings, according to the 2009 Graduation Success Rates, released Wednesday, November 18, by the NCAA.[ citation needed ] Cincinnati, which was fifth in the BCS standings, checked in with a 75 percent NCAA graduation rate and a 71 percent federal government rate, the only team in the BCS top 10 to surpass the 70 percent plateau in both.[ citation needed ]

Kelly finished his tenure at Cincinnati with a 34–6 record.

Notre Dame

Pepsi display setup in August 2010 at the Martin's Supermarket in Granger, Indiana in anticipation of Kelly's first home game with Notre Dame. Brian Kelly - Martins - August 2010.JPG
Pepsi display setup in August 2010 at the Martin's Supermarket in Granger, Indiana in anticipation of Kelly's first home game with Notre Dame.

In December 2009, Kelly agreed to replace Charlie Weis as Notre Dame's head coach. On December 10, Kelly announced that he had taken the position at Notre Dame. [7] He made the decision not to coach the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2010, which the Bearcats lost in a blowout to the University of Florida Gators.

2010 season

In 2010, Kelly beat Purdue 23–12 in his first game at Notre Dame but lost to Michigan 28–24 the following week and then the following week on a fake field goal in overtime against Michigan State 34–31. His team lost again at home against Stanford before beating Boston College to put the Irish at 2–3. On October 9, Kelly led the Fighting Irish to a 23–17 win over Pitt, snapping Notre Dame's 2-game losing streak to the Panthers taking the Irish to a 3–3 record on the season. Kelly led Notre Dame to a 44–20 win over Western Michigan to extend the Irish's winning streak to three games. The next week they faced Navy, losing 35–17 to drop to 4–4 overall.

When the Irish faced Tulsa, they were upset 28–27. They sent out second string QB Tommy Rees who threw an interception with 30 seconds left in the game as the Irish had driven to the Tulsa 28 yard line and a potential game-winning field goal attempt. Two weeks later Notre Dame played against No. 14 Utah, who was heavily favored. Utah was leading 3–0 early, but a special teams touchdown after a deflected punt and three Rees TD passes lifted the Notre Dame lead to 28–3. The victory over Utah gave Kelly a 5–5 record. Notre Dame followed that win up with a 27–3 victory over Army to make Kelly and Irish bowl eligible. In the final game of the season, Notre Dame snapped an 8-game losing streak against its rival USC, winning 20–16 on strong defense and despite 4 Irish turnovers. [8] Kelly's first Irish team was invited to play in the Sun Bowl, where they beat Miami 33–17. [9]

2011 season

In 2011, Notre Dame returned 21 of its 24 starters from the previous year and was thought to be in contention for a BCS bowl bid. However, in the opening game against South Florida, Notre Dame outgained its opponent 508–254 in yardage but lost 23–20 due to five turnovers (most within scoring range). The next week the Irish built a 24–7 lead against its rival Michigan, but lost yet again, 35–31, due to five turnovers.

The following week the Irish beat Michigan State 31–13; The one-sided victory over the Spartans was the first of four wins in a row, until the USC Trojans came to South Bend. The Irish were behind early in the game but were driving toward an apparent tie when Dayne Crist fumbled the snap on the Trojan three-yard line. The fumble was returned by the USC for a touchdown and Notre Dame never recovered. The Irish turned the ball over three times in the loss.

Notre Dame then went on its second four-game win streak until losing to Stanford 28–14 in the regular season finale. The Irish, at 8–4, secured a bid to the Champs Sports Bowl, where they played Florida State. Against Florida State, Notre Dame again built a lead (14–3, after three quarters), but lost 18–14 (with three turnovers) and ended the season with an 8–5 record.

2012 season

Kelly during a game in 2012 Brian Kelly.jpeg
Kelly during a game in 2012

Notre Dame opened their 2012 season with a special season opener in Dublin, Ireland. There they beat Navy 50–10, as the new starting QB, Everett Golson, passed for 188 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Notre Dame won their week 2 game against Purdue at home, winning 20–17, on a field goal by sophomore Kyle Brindza. In week 3, Notre Dame defeated #10 Michigan State by a score of 20–3. In week 4, #11 Notre Dame defeated #18 Michigan by a score of 13–6, recovering 6 turnovers in the process. The Irish would go on to defeat Miami, #17 Stanford, and BYU before playing Oklahoma. At 7–0, Notre Dame traveled to Norman and defeated #8 Oklahoma 30–13, only the fifth home loss for the Sooners under Bob Stoops. On November 3, the Irish narrowly avoided an upset by beating Pittsburgh 29–26 in three overtimes. Notre Dame had rallied from a fourth quarter deficit of 14 points to tie the game late in regulation time. On November 10, 4 ranked Notre Dame traveled to Boston College and faced a team known for spoiling Notre Dame perfect seasons. Notre Dame won 21–6, not allowing Boston College to score a touchdown and improving to 10–0. On November 17, Notre Dame went undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 with a 38–0 victory over Wake Forest. On November 18, following the losses of #1 Kansas State and #2 Oregon, Notre Dame was voted the #1 team in the nation for the first time since 1993 and was #1 in the BCS rankings for the first time ever. With a 22–13 defeat of USC, Notre Dame finished the regular season 12–0. On December 5, 2012, Kelly was named coach of the year for a second time, the first since guiding Cincinnati to a 12–0 record back in 2009. [10] On Monday, January 7, 2013, Kelly and the Fighting Irish lost, 42–14, to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. [11] Kelly's Irish finished the season ranked #3 in the USA Today Coaches poll and #4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. [12] Due to academic violations, Notre Dame was forced to forfeit all of their 2012 games, finishing the season with an adjusted record of 0–0. [13]

2013 season

The Spring of the 2013 season saw Notre Dame lose its starting quarterback Everett Golson due to poor academic judgment, [14] leading Brian Kelly to name Tommy Rees as the starting quarterback. [15] Notre Dame opened the season playing Temple and won 28–6. The following week was against Michigan in Ann Arbor [16] [17] with Notre Dame losing 30–41.

2014 season

In 2014 Notre Dame defeated the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 31-0. This was the high point of new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's term at Notre Dame [ citation needed ] and brought Notre Dame to a #11 ranking. The team improved its record to 6-0, but the Irish closed the season with 2 wins against 5 losses for an overall 8-5 record, including an upset bowl win over LSU. [18]

2015 season

Notre Dame opened their 2015 season vs Texas with a 38–3 win. During the game, starting running back Tarean Folston sustained an injury to his right knee ending his season. [19] In the following week vs Virginia, starting Quarterback Malik Zaire, suffered a broken ankle [20] leading to DeShone Kizer finishing the game for Notre Dame. Kizer remained the Notre Dame quarterback for the rest of the season, a campaign in which the Irish won 10 games against 3 losses, the latter including a hard fought loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

2016 season

In 2016, Notre Dame finished 4–8, which was its worst record in a decade. Kelly's Irish lost three games in which they held a double-digit first half lead, while also losing three games to teams who were not bowl-eligible in 2016. [21] In particular, Kelly faced criticism after a 10-3 loss to NC State. In this game, Kelly called 31 passing plays in Hurricane Matthew, resulting in 17 incompletions, 5 sacks, and only 113 yards of total offense. After the game, Kelly blamed "atrocious" snapping by Center Sam Mustipher. [22] Notre Dame brought about a change in their defense by firing their defensive coordinator Brian van Gorder after a 38-35 home loss to the Duke Blue Devils. [23]

2017 season

In 2017, the Irish bounced back from a 4-8 season by going 10-3, including a win over the LSU Tigers in the Citrus Bowl. The Irish were seen as playoff contenders the majority of the season despite a 20-19 loss against the Georgia Bulldogs, who went on to win the SEC Championship. The Irish continued to do well on the back of running back Josh Adams, who was seen as a Heisman Trophy hopeful. The Irish were 8-1, before dropping 2 of their last 3 games to Miami, and Stanford. The Irish had two players drafted in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Quenton Nelson to the Indianapolis Colts, and Mike McGlinchey to the San Francisco 49ers

2018 season

The Irish opened the 2018 season at home against the Michigan and won, 24–17. The Irish then won the remainder of their regular season games, including victories over Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and Northwestern. [24] This led to Notre Dame's first undefeated regular season since 2012. They were ranked #3 in the nation by the College Football Playoff committee as of December 2, 2018 and selected to play in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against Clemson on December 29, 2018. Notre Dame lost to Clemson, 30–3, to finish the season at 12–1.

Personal life

Kelly has a wife, Paqui, and three children, Patrick, Grace, and Kenzel. Paqui, after surviving breast cancer, went on to start the Kelly Cares Foundation.

Awards and honors

Coaching tree

Below is a list of coaches who were assistants under Brian Kelly and who have since become head coaches.

Head coaching record

Grand Valley State Lakers (Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference)(1991–1998)
1991 Grand Valley State9–38–2T–2ndL NCAA Division II First Round
1992 Grand Valley State8–38–2T–1st
1993 Grand Valley State6–3–26–2–23rd
1994 Grand Valley State8–48–22ndL NCAA Division II First Round
1995 Grand Valley State8–38–22nd
1996 Grand Valley State8–38–22nd
1997 Grand Valley State9–29–1T–1st
1998 Grand Valley State9–39–11stL NCAA Division II First Round
Grand Valley State Lakers (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)(1999–2003)
1999 Grand Valley State5–55–47th
2000 Grand Valley State7–47–33rd
2001 Grand Valley State13–19–01stL NCAA Division II Championship 2
2002 Grand Valley State14–09–01stW NCAA Division II Championship 1
2003 Grand Valley State14–19–12ndW NCAA Division II Championship 1
Grand Valley State:118–35–2103–22–2
Central Michigan Chippewas (Mid-American Conference)(2004–2006)
2004 Central Michigan 4–73–55th (West)
2005 Central Michigan 6–55–34th (West)
2006 Central Michigan 9–4 [n 2] 7–11st (West) Motor City [n 2]
Central Michigan:19–1615–9
Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East Conference)(2006–2009)
2006 Cincinnati 1–00–0W International
2007 Cincinnati 10–34–33rdW 2017
2008 Cincinnati 11–36–11stL Orange 1717
2009 Cincinnati 12–0 [n 3] 7–01st Sugar [n 3] 44
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA Division I FBS independent)(2010–present)
2010 Notre Dame 8–5W Sun
2011 Notre Dame 8–5L Champs Sports
2012 Notre Dame 0–0 [n 1] L [n 1] BCS NCG 34
2013 Notre Dame 0–4 [n 1] W [n 1] Pinstripe 2420
2014 Notre Dame 8–5W Music City
2015 Notre Dame 10–3L Fiesta 1211
2016 Notre Dame 4–8
2017 Notre Dame 10–3W Citrus 1111
2018 Notre Dame 12–1L Cotton 55
Notre Dame:60–34 [n 1]
Total:231–91–2 [n 1]
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 In 2018, Notre Dame was forced to vacate all 13 games from the 2012 season, including their loss in the BCS National Championship Game, and all 9 wins from the 2013 season, including their victory in the Pinstripe Bowl. [1]
  2. 1 2 Kelly left Central Michigan for Cincinnati before the bowl game; Jeff Quinn was appointed as interim head coach and led Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl.
  3. 1 2 Kelly left Cincinnati for Notre Dame before the bowl game; Jeff Quinn was appointed as interim head coach and led Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.

Related Research Articles

Urban Meyer American college football player, college football coach, BCS national champion

Urban Frank Meyer III is an American athletic director, college football player, and coach. Meyer served as the head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons from 2001 to 2002, the Utah Utes from 2003 to 2004, the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010. Meyer became the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2011 until his retirement after the 2019 Rose Bowl. As of 2019, he is serving as the assistant athletic director of Ohio State.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football American college football team

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The team is currently coached by Brian Kelly and plays its home games at the campus's Notre Dame Stadium, which has a capacity of 77,622. Notre Dame is one of six schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision level; however, they play five games a year against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which Notre Dame is a member of in all other sports except ice hockey.

Charlie Weis American football coach

Charles Joseph Weis is a former American football coach. He was the head coach for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2005 to 2009 and the Kansas Jayhawks from 2012 to 2014. He also served as an offensive coordinator in the National Football League for the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs. He also guested with Michael Landsberg on Super Bowl Radio Row in Atlanta in 2019.

2004 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2004 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tyrone Willingham and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were led by Bob Davie and represented the University of Notre Dame in NCAA Division I college football from 1997 to 2001. The team was an independent and played their home games in Notre Dame Stadium. Throughout the five seasons, the Irish were 35–25 and invited to three bowl games, including the school's first ever Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl.

The 2007 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium, as it has since 1923. This was Kelly's first complete season with the Bearcats, having coached them to a 27–24 win against Western Michigan in the 2007 International Bowl.

Butch Jones American football coach

Lyle Allen "Butch" Jones Jr. is an American football coach. He is currently an offensive analyst for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football program. Jones served as the head football coach Central Michigan University (CMU) from 2007 to 2009, the University of Cincinnati from 2010 to 2012, and the University of Tennessee from 2013 to 2017. A Michigan native, he played college football at Ferris State University as a running back and wide receiver.

Charles Thomas Martin is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Miami University and was previously the offensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. Martin was the head coach at Grand Valley State University from 2004 to 2009, compiling a record of 74–7. His Grand Valley State Lakers won consecutive NCAA Division II Football Championships in 2005 and 2006 and were runners-up in 2009.

The 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) for the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season and was the 76th Sugar Bowl. The Florida Gators defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 51-24 behind a record-setting performance by senior quarterback Tim Tebow.

2009 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2009 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Charlie Weis and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Weis entered his fifth season as head coach with the expectation from the Notre Dame administration that his team would be in position to compete for a BCS Bowl berth. Notre Dame started the first part of the season 4–2, with close losses to Michigan and USC but ended the season with four straight losses, including a second loss to Navy in three years. Weis was fired as head coach the Monday after the Stanford loss at the end of the season. Although Notre Dame was bowl eligible with 6 wins, the University announced on December 4 that the Irish had chosen not to play in a bowl game. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick hired Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly after a 10-day coaching search.

The 2009 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, coached by Brian Kelly, played its home games in Nippert Stadium.

2010 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2010 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. This was Kelly's first season as Notre Dame's head coach, after leading the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 12–0 regular season and BCS bowl berth. In 2010, Notre Dame's regular season schedule was ranked the most difficult schedule in the nation with a Team Opposition Record Percentage of .6529. They finished the season 8–5 and were invited to the Sun Bowl where they defeated the Miami Hurricanes, 33–17.

Charley Molnar, Jr. is an American football coach. He currently is the wide receivers coach for the University of Idaho. He was formerly the head football coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), for two seasons. Molnar had previously been the offensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame.

Robert Albert Diaco is an American football coach and former player.

2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. They competed as an independent.

The 2013 Pinstripe Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 28, 2013 at Yankee Stadium in the New York City borough of The Bronx. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. The fourth edition of the Pinstripe Bowl, it featured the Rutgers Scarlet Knights of the American Athletic Conference against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, an independent team. It began at 12:00 noon EST and aired on ESPN. The game was sponsored by the New Era Cap Company, and was officially known as the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Notre Dame defeated Rutgers by a score of 29–16. Notre Dame's championship was vacated on February 13, 2018, due to an academic cheating scandal. Because of this the win will be taken away from Notre Dame record books.

2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. They competed as an independent. They finished the season 4–8, Notre Dame's worst record since 2007. Despite the disappointing season, athletic director Jack Swarbrick found the 2016 Irish to be a remarkable bunch, citing the team's "enthusiasm" and "willingness to practice".


  1. Gartland, Dan (February 13, 2018). "Notre Dame Forced to Vacate Wins From National Runner-Up Season". Sports Illustrated . Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  2. Keown, Tim (December 8, 2009). "Irish coach: the weirdest job in sports". Archived from the original on December 6, 2010.
  3. Starkey, Joe (October 2, 2007). "Bearcats' success met with excitement in Cincinnati".
  4. Kelly Named Head Football Coach :: Press conference scheduled for Monday afternoon. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  5. " CMU Chippewas". September 27, 2007.
  6. GoBEARCATS.COM Kelly Named BIG EAST Coach of the Year; Huber Special Teams Player of the Year – University Of Cincinnati Official Athletic Site University Of Cincinnati. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  7. Whiteside, Kelly (August 29, 2010). "New Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly getting an Irish education". USA Today. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  8. "ESPN Schedule results".
  9. "Notre Dame Bowl Results".
  10. "Kelly named Coach of Year". December 5, 2012. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  11. Alabama dominates Notre Dame to claim third BCS national championship in four years. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  12. 2015 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 8 – ESPN. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  13. "Football Coaching Records" (PDF). Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  14. Aarthun, Sarah (May 27, 2013). "Notre Dame quarterback suspended for 'poor academic judgment'". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  15. "Rees gets keys to Notre Dame offense". NY Daily News. June 6, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  16. Michael Rosenberg (September 4, 2014). "Michigan bitter going into final rivalry game with Notre Dame". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  17. Viera, Mark (September 6, 2014). "Notre Dame Gives Michigan a Powerful Parting Shot" . Retrieved February 23, 2017 via
  18. "2014 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule and Results | College Football at". January 1, 1970. Archived from the original on December 26, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  19. Final (September 6, 2015). "Texas vs. Notre Dame - Game Recap - September 5, 2015". ESPN. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  20. Irish QB Malik Zaire suffers broken ankle in win, out for season – ESPN.
  21. "Notre Dame blows another lead as 2016 will end without a bowl game". November 19, 2016.
  22. "Notre Dame coach catches heat for blaming center for snap woes during hurricane".
  23. Brian Kelly says 'everything is on the table' for Irish after 4–8 season – ESPN. Retrieved on December 6, 2016
  24. "2018 Football Schedule". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  25. Gators Sports Scene | Florida Today's Gators Blog. (December 8, 2009). Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  26. Krausz, Tony (December 5, 2012). "Kelly named coach of the year". Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  27. AP Coach of the Year 2012. (December 19, 2012). Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  28. 1 2 Kelly Named 2012 Walter Camp Coach Of The Year :: Notre Dame Football :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of Notre Dame Athletics. Und.Com. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  29. "Big East Announces 2009 Postseason Football Honors". Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  30. Brian Kelly headlines GVSU Hall of Fame class. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  31. Brian Kelly '83 Inducted in Assumption College Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame – Assumption. Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  32. 1 2 AFCA Div II COTY awardees Archived August 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved on October 18, 2015.