Numbers indicate Kelly era will be golden
If you believe in numerology, Notre Dame will win a national championship under Brian Kelly.
The magic number is 23, according to Blue and Gold Illustrated.
“It started with Knute Rockne in 1918,” the magazine wrote. “Twenty-three years later (1941), it was Frank Leahy who took the reins, and then. 23 years after that (1964), it was Ara Parseghian. Twenty-three years later (1987), Lou Holtz was in the process of building a champion, even though he was hired in 1986. But even Halley’s Comet is off a year one way or the other from its scheduled 76-year appearances, so we’ll excuse that.
“Now, 23 years after 1987, is it Brian Kelly’s turn to join this elite club?”
All four won national titles. “You always expect some magic from the history at Notre Dame. But in the end it comes down to talent and schedule,” says former Irish coach Bob Davie, an ESPN analyst.
This year, eight or nine wins would be considered a success. The Irish begin the season unranked. In 2009, they were No. 23 - of course - in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll’ and finished 6-6, costing Charlie Weis his job.
Unlike Weis, who had no prior experience as a head coach, Kelly boasts two decades of experience and 230 (there’s that number again) games as a head coach.
Will Kelly, the fifth Irish coach the last decade, restore the Golden Dome’s luster?
Psssst. The karat of the gold in that famed Golden Dome? 23.9.
— Kelly Whiteside
YOU SHUT YOUR G-D MOUTH WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT NOTRE DAME, BOB DAVIE, YOU WORTHLESS SACK OF SHIT. I hate that guy with the white hot raging fire of a thousand exploding suns.
Anyway, it’s do or die time here. It’s Kelly or oblivion. I hope he gets it done. We’ll see. -matc