Lane Kiffin: He stuck to his guns and will probably win National Coach of the Year
Posted by: Pete Roussel on November 22, 2012
Following Thanksgiving Day practice in Los Angeles, Lane Kiffin stated that he believes Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will probably win National Coach of the Year because Kelly didn't listen to outside criticism in the off-season.
Kiffin stated, "I don't know Brian that well. The little time I've spent with him, whether it was at a function or before a game, he seems like a really good guy. He's done a great job, doing things the right way."
He added, "He (Kelly) stuck to his guns. This is the profession we're in. In the off-season, people talk about the hot seat, (but) he really just stayed to his principles. His offense and defense schemes didn't really change. Now, he's probably National Coach of the Year, so credit (goes) to him."
In the off-season, Kelly moved defensive backs coach Chuck Martin to offensive coordinator, but the Irish stayed true to their philosophy. A year ago, the Irish averaged 29 ppg. This season, they are averaging 27 ppg. The difference....Notre Dame is 26th nationally in turnover margin this season as opposed to 118th nationally in turnover margin (2011). Bob Diaco's defense has allowed 10 ppg per game this season as opposed to 20 ppg a year ago.
Derek Dooley drastically changed his principles on both sides of the ball this season. Dooley is out.
Gene Chizik totally changed his philosophy on the offensive side of the ball. That decision didn't go so well.
It's something many coaches will consider this off-season.
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