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Bagpipe Monday: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly Isn’t Going Anywhere

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And that’s something Irish fans are going to have to live with.

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It’s pretty much tradition now for fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to start throwing around volleys of FIRE BRIAN KELLY anytime the Irish lose, or aren’t looking sharp. I get it. After almost 8 seasons under Brian Kelly, many of us are wanting much more than what we have been given.

It’s human nature, and especially so for college football fans that support a program with the championship lineage that the Irish have. After the loss last season to the N.C. State Wolfpack, I finally turned the corner and wanted Brian Kelly gone. A few weeks later against the Navy Midshipmen, my resolve was strengthened... I WANTED BRIAN KELLY GONE.

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I feel like I keep repeating myself each week. The same story with a slight twist one way or another. It’s oppressive to have to keep thinking about it all. What happened last year, all the changes made, the mixed expectations, the unexpected success, and the tragic losses.

My head hurts.

Here is what I know with 99% certainty... Brian Kelly isn’t going anywhere. Despite the still numerous calls for Notre Dame to fire Kelly, they could finish the 2017 season on a 4 game losing streak and his return is basically guaranteed.

Although the playoff rankings won’t be released until Tuesday night, the AP Poll still has the Irish ranked #9 in the country. There is still a pretty good chance the Irish win the next two games against Navy and the Stanford Cardinal. Those wins would find the Irish hovering around the #5 spot heading into a major bowl game.

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10-2 with all the trophies back home?

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  • 66%
    Good deal
    (791 votes)
  • 6%
    Bad deal
    (72 votes)
  • 27%
    I’m done playing this game too
    (335 votes)
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If Jack Swarbrick was undeterred after 2016, there is no chance in hell he pulls the trigger in that scenario - regardless of the bowl result.

So, I’m through talking about it. I am neither convinced or unconvinced that Brian Kelly can lead the Irish to a college football playoff (or national championship) and that doesn’t even matter.

He’s not going anywhere, and I’m just going to have to deal with it.

Your pipes are calling: