Brian Kelly has his dream job. Now he has to figure out how to turn Notre Dame back into a national championship contender.
The former Cincinnati coach was introduced today as the new coach of a Notre Dame program that has not won a national title in 21 years.
“When I refer to the challenge, it’s strictly getting to that high bar that’s been set at Notre Dame,” said Kelly, who signed a five-year deal with the Irish. “We’ve got challenges, but we’ll go to work on those right away.”
Asked how long that would take, Kelly demurred.
“We don’t get a five-year plan. This is a five-minute plan,” he said. “We expect our football players to play at a high level immediately. Timetables, we don’t want to get into those—those are a setup.”
Kelly’s job was made harder earlier this week with the news that two of its best offensive players. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and his favorite receiver, Golden Tate, will be entering the NFL draft.
Kelly does have an opportunity to make an immediate impact at Notre Dame as next year’s schedule is not that tough with the trip to USC the only really tough road game on the game. The rest of the other big games like Michigan and Pitt are all at home.
2010 Notre Dame Football Schedule
Sept. 4 Purdue
Sept. 11 Michigan
Sept. 18 at Michigan State
Sept. 25 Stanford
Oct. 2 at Boston College
Oct. 9 Pittsburgh
Oct. 16 Western Michigan
Oct. 23 at Navy (at Meadowlands – East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 30 Tulsa
Nov. 6 Open Date
Nov. 13 Utah
Nov. 20 Army (at Yankee Stadium – Bronx, N.Y.)
Nov. 27 at USC