It took two nearly decades to find the right guy. Three failed coaches and millions of buyout cash later, the Irish have a coach in Brian Kelly who not only has elevated the program back to the national elite, he has actually idiot-proofed the damn thing.
How else can you explain the head coach of the most prominent program in all of sports taking a break and interviewing for a job—and not telling anyone—and coming back to a humming, idling machine ready to be thrown back into gear?
By all accounts, Notre Dame finished with a top 5 recruiting class, and it got better even better Wednesday night when 5-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes chose the Irish over UCLA and Alabama. The class is loaded everywhere you look.