Notre Dame Asking All the Right Questions This Time
December 10, 2009
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that University of Notre Dame is asking all the right questions, performing thorough background checks and exercising careful due diligence as they search for a new football coach (Is Brian Kelly the Right Fit for Notre Dame). Everyone recalls the embarrassment the school faced after their newly hired head coach, George O’Leary admitted to lying about his academic qualifications. It appeared that their leading interested candidate was University of Cincinnati head coach, Brian Kelly, but that they may have had second thoughts after looking at his present and his past.
Let’s start with the past. According to the Sentinel, “When Kelly was coach at Central Michigan in 2004, a fight involving at least four of his players outside a bar left a 26-year-old man dead. Kelly then seemed to defend some of his players, who may have perjured themselves in trying to protect a teammate.” Should this give Notre Dame pause for concern? Maybe.
I have also seen other reports that suggest the catholic school might have concerns over his ‘right to choose’ stance on abortion. I can’t believe that the school would publicly admit to this, but we’d all have to fools to believe this won’t play a role.
Now on to some lighter things, Kelly’s present. The fact is that Kelly is a great offensive mind, but his defense leaves much to be desired. Cincinnati is among the lowest ranked defenses in the country. Sound a little like Charlie Weis?
Okay, that comment might not have sounded like it had anything to do with background checks, but it certainly does. Any thorough background check will include on the job performance as well as potential adverse information from the past. Remember, it’s not just criminal records and resume fraud that determine whether someone is a good candidate or not. It’s the whole picture.