So yesterday was a big day in the world of college football. Two premier coaches of some of the NCAA’s most lucrative programs, Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma and Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, left their posts to join two other top tier schools, USC and LSU respectively.
As you can presume by the title, I’m not focusing on Riley today, largely because I went to the Vatican last week and can find no religious motifs to apply to him. Plus, I can’t spin a narrative for a guy who willingly chose to leave Norman, Oklahoma for Los Angeles. Barring the tax increase, that’s just good business. And when you look at his alleged contract, how can you blame him?
So, back to Brian Kelly. Notre Dame fans are justifiably stunned by the decision to leave the school. Kelly has been at Notre Dame since 2010 and, in that time, has become the winningest coach in school history, brought Notre Dame to it’s first National Championship since the 1988, consistently had top-10 recruiting classes, and looks like 85% of patrons at any pub in Dublin.
As far as a leader of a group called “The Irish” goes, that’s a grand slam of a resume.
But when you take a step back and look at the situation for what it is, this is a tale as old as time when it comes to any kind of Catholic institution. Time and time again, the Catholics have turned to their leader for guidance, only to have that leader’s back turned on them.
We can look to Pope Benedict, who basically Richard Nixon’d his way out of the Vatican back in 2013.
We can go all the way back to, according to some, the beginning of time to the GOAT himself, Jesus Christ, who left twice in the span of three days. Dude was basically the Billy Martin of the religion back then. I think only my dad will get that joke, and he wont like it (big God guy).
To an even smaller scale of the local priests that Kelly likely grew up around in Everett, Massachusetts. Though, now that I think about it, those priests probably asked him to turn his back.
The point I’m trying to make is that Brian Kelly has done what every great Catholic leader does. Leave.
So what do they do now? I’d contend do what they always do, believe the second-coming of the savior will reveal himself, which should be any day now. It’s been a while. Though, that said, there’s a better chance of Jesus saying “what’d I miss” to us than Notre Dame winning it all.