Paul Finebaum calls for Notre Dame to ditch Brian Kelly, pursue Urban Meyer
It’s time for Notre Dame to move on from Brian Kelly. Well, at least that’s what needs to happen, according to SEC Network host Paul Finebaum.
Tuesday, Finebaum made an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up! to discuss the 45-14 beatdown Michigan delivered to Notre Dame on Saturday, dropping the Irish to 5-2 on the year. After the disappointing loss, Finebaum said it’s time for Notre Dame to part ways with head coach Brian Kelly and start a conversation with Urban Meyer.
“He’s good, not great and he’s never going to win a national championship,” Finebaum said. “The wise move for Notre Dame is to buy Brian Kelly out and bring in Urban Meyer is the best available coach in the country and he wanted to go to Notre Dame 13 years ago. Florida got him instead and there’s a lot of reasons why that may have happened.
“Notre Dame is a national championship-caliber program but Brian Kelly is not a national championship-caliber coach.”
The funny thing about Finebaum’s comment is that Kelly led the Irish to the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in 2012 with an undefeated record. Last year, the Irish again finished the year unbeaten and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff.
No, Notre Dame didn’t hoist the trophy either year, but it came close.
Meyer has obviously been a name that has surfaced with several potential openings since the start of the college football season. And when big moves are made, his name will continue to be at the front of the conversation.
It seems unlikely that, considering Notre Dame has hit 10 wins or more in three of the last four seasons under Kelly, the program would move on from its current head coach. But it’s college football, so anything is possible.