Brian Kelly says Saban's program is the standard everyone hopes to reach
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Monday December 03, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 3, 2012
When Notre Dame and Alabama meet for the BCS national title, Brian Kelly will look across the field and see the blueprint of the program he wants to build, or rebuild, at Notre Dame.
"Coach (Nick) Saban has put together the program that all want to model after," Kelly told ESPN on Sunday when the title game matchup was officially announced. "The consistency, playing for championships each and every year, why wouldn't you want to construct it the way he has? We are trying to put our program together the same way, where we are physical on both sides of the ball, fundamentally sound, well-coached across the board."
Kelly's Irish are 12-0, while Saban's Crimson Tide is 11-1 heading into the matchup. Kelly is in his third year at Notre Dame, and Saban is in his sixth year at Alabama, where he is 66-13. Saban is 152-55-1 as a collegiate head coach.
"It's going to be such a great matchup to go against Coach Saban, go against a football team that has proven it on a consistent basis," Kelly said. "That's where we want to be. We want to get the level where Coach Saban has already taken his program."
Saban, who has won two BCS titles at Alabama, told ESPN his approach to the game will remain the same as it always has.
"If there was a better way to prepare for a game, we would already be doing it," he said. "I think the routine you put your guys through is the best way to go about it."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org