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Notre Dame football coach, Brian Kelly, has embraced the “green” during his tenure

He does not fear the dark side as you do.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There is no holiday that more associates itself with a single color than March 17th. Similarly, perhaps there is no college football program that associates itself with an unofficial color than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The green jerseys are a part of Irish lore, but they also have a dark side of failure attached to them as well.

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Brian Kelly has seemed to have tossed all negative connotations implied with the green jerseys in the trash during his 9 seasons as the Fighting Irish head coach. When Kelly took over in 2010, Notre Dame was just 1-5 in the green jerseys since 1995. The lone win came against the Army Black Knights on senior day in 2006. Ironically enough, Kelly got off to a 1-0 start in the green jerseys in his first year against Army in a game at Yankee Stadium (which would later be incorporated into the Shamrock Series).

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Brian Kelly is 6-1 when the Irish wear the green jersey (whether styled as a home or away uniform). The lone loss came in 2011 against the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Notre Dame v Michigan Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Whenever the hint of a rumor of the green jerseys being used hits the internet — fans lose their mind. Many believe that Notre Dame is cursed in the green jersey, and they offer proof with a prophecy written on an actual unicorn horn that they were given by a pack of mermaids off the coast of Atlantis.

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You can thank Bob Davie and Ty Willingham for that little mess.

At any rate, I think it’s safe to say that the “curse” is long gone, and we can thank Brian Kelly for that. His “green jersey games” have been well scheduled in advance, and have never been used as an “inspirational” ploy designed to cast a spell upon the team and draw more power from the ghosts of Notre Dame.

I suppose that’s some type of win.

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What has been your favorite green jersey from the Brian Kelly era?


Best green in the Kelly era

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  • 5%
    2010 vs Army
    (56 votes)
  • 17%
    2011 vs Michigan
    (166 votes)
  • 1%
    2011 vs Maryland
    (18 votes)
  • 15%
    2013 vs Arizona State
    (148 votes)
  • 13%
    2015 vs Boston College
    (132 votes)
  • 5%
    2016 vs Army
    (49 votes)
  • 40%
    2018 vs Florida State
    (393 votes)
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