Brian Kelly has won big every place he has been. I knew that before he arrived in South Bend, and I'd heard what a great coach he was, but I really didn't grasp why until I started working on a story for the ESPN Magazine college football preview issue. The story chronicles all the things a new head coach keeps -- and doesn't keep -- once he takes on a new job and the sales job he must undertake. The Magazine story is about Kelly's first six months on the job.
It's obvious to anyone who has read the blog or seen my chats that I am convinced Kelly is the ideal guy to replace Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Here are six factors that opened my eyes about exactly why Kelly is such a great fit: