Brian Kelly: If Texas misses their field goal … who knows if I would be at Notre Dame?

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 29, 2012


Posted by: Chris Vannini on November 28, 2012

Brian Kelly has been close before.

As the head coach at Cincinnati, he reached two BCS bowls in 2008-09, but came away with a loss each time. In 2009, the Bearcats were undefeated entering the Sugar Bowl.

Now, Kelly's Notre Dame team is undefeated and will head to Miami for the BCS National Championship.

"You get this far, you want to finish it off," he said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "I know, playing in the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, that the only thing I remember about those two games is that we lost both of them. Finishing it off now is the most important thing. Coaches can't pat themselves on the back too long, because you know how quick it can go the other way."

Could things have been different if Kelly's final Cincinnati team finished things off? He may have hinted at that while describing the difficulties of the time off before the championship.

"This business is so difficult because coordinators may have to leave - I'm not saying in our program - but others have had to leave," he said. "Other lose out on that opportunity. If Texas misses their field goal, Cincinnati would have played for the national championship, and who knows if I would have been at Notre Dame?

"There are so many of those things going. It's absolutely true that if you get that opportunity, to finish it off is very satisfying."

You can listen to part of Kelly's interview by clicking here.

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