Brian Kelly: Now Notre Dame knows what a title team looks like
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 8, 2013
Alabama provided Notre Dame with a great service Monday night in the BCS national championship game, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said.
"We've got to get physically stronger, continue to close the gap there, and just overall you need to see what it looks like. Our guys clearly know what it looks like. When I say 'know what it looks like,' a championship football team," Kelly said in his news conference after the game. "They're back‑to‑back national champs. So that's what it looks like. Measure yourself against that, and I think it was pretty clear across the board what we have to do. And again, I don't want to minimize the fact that we have made incredible strides to get to this point. Now it's pretty clear what we need to do to get over the top."
Alabama led 28-0 at halftime and won 42-14 to capture its third time in four years. The Crimson Tide gained 529 yards and averaged 5.9 yards per rush compared to Notre Dame's 1.7. Still, Kelly said it was easy to find positives from the game.
"First of all, it sets a bar for your entire program," he said. "We all now know what we have to do to move from where we are, which is a 12‑0 football team, pretty darned good football team, but not good enough. So it's clear what we need to do in the offseason, it's clear what we need to do in player development, it's clear what we need to do to continue to coach better and recruit. It's a great, great opportunity that we had here. It's disappointing we lost the football game, but it's going to make my job very easy when it comes to talking to players about how you win a national championship."
Kelly also did Alabama coach Nick Saban a favor by staying away from the word "dynasty" in describing Alabama, which Saban has tried to do all season. The Crimson Tide has won three of the last four national titles.
"I measure success as a head coach with consistency. And some people use the word dynasty. I look at it as program consistency, starts at the top and filters its way through the entire program," Kelly said. "And what Coach Saban has been able to do has really put an exclamation point on consistently putting elite programs and football teams together at the University of Alabama."
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 email@example.com