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Irish’s Kelly claims Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Notre Dame Fighting Irish's coach Brian Kelly stands on the sideline during their win over USC Trojans during their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles AP

A couple of weeks after putting the finishing touches on a perfect regular season that catapulted Notre Dame to an unlikely appearance in the BCS title game, Brian Kelly has landed another major piece of coaching hardware.

The Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday that Kelly is the 2012 recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.  Kelly becomes the fourth Irish coach to take the honor since its inception in 1957, joining Ara Parseghian (1964), Lou Holtz (1988) and Charlie Weis (2005).

“Notre Dame, under Coach Kelly, has returned to national prominence in the college football ranks,” FWAA president Lenn Robbins said in a statement. “This award recognizes that accomplishment for the 2012 season, a season that began with 124 teams vying for an elusive undefeated campaign. Notre Dame was the only bowl-eligible school to accomplish that impressive feat.”

The award, named in honor of Grambling State coaching legend Eddie Robinson, is the second coaching honor Kelly has received since the end of this season.  Earlier this month, he was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year as well.

Kelly’s defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco, was also named the winner of the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, earlier this year.

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13 Responses to “Irish’s Kelly claims Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award”
  1. PowerMad says: Dec 14, 2012 1:45 AM

    And yet, the coach of the year won’t win the national championship. The luck of the Irish!

  2. wustlumdnj says: Dec 14, 2012 2:00 AM

    Doing the most with the least compared to the teams on the schedule:

  3. parkcityute says: Dec 14, 2012 3:07 AM

    I guess he was the obvious choice,

    but I agree with wustlumdnj…

    James Franklin definitely did the most with the least, and isn’t that the trait of good coaching?

  4. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 14, 2012 5:41 AM

    I new it wouldn’t take long for the SEC fans to jump on this one. I’m just waiting for that one Arkansas fan to go over to his sisters house to use the World Wide Web and tell us all how Bret Bielema should have won this award because he’s the greatest SEC coach to ever live.

  5. cometkazie says: Dec 14, 2012 8:16 AM

    Well deserved.

    Congratulations from a SEC fan.

  6. dinklespiel says: Dec 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    Best record + Best team = Best coach.

  7. 24mountaincreeks says: Dec 14, 2012 9:11 AM

    Not bad for a guy who killed a 20 year old kid only a couple years ago.

  8. skids003 says: Dec 14, 2012 10:21 AM

    You gotta love how the media kisses Notre Dame’s butt.

  9. irishdodger says: Dec 14, 2012 11:23 AM

    How many teams with a winning record did James Franklin’s team beat? Kelly’s team beat ten teams that are bowl eligible and played zero FCS (that’s Division I-AA for u SEC fans) and zero Sun Belt teams.

    Fixed for accuracy: “you gotta love how the media kisses the SECs butt.”

  10. getsome99 says: Dec 14, 2012 5:30 PM

    You gotta love how the media kisses Notre Dame’s butt.

    It’s a nice balance against to all the haters. I mean, it was the media who has been bashing Notre Dame week in and week out for the past 10+ years. All they did this year was prove everybody wrong and won every game they played.

    I can see your point though. Boy, it must really suck to NOT be a Notre Dame fan!


  11. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 14, 2012 6:00 PM

    In the beginning of the season I was questioning Kelly.

    Those BYU/Michigan/Purdue games were so hard with him putting in TOMMY REES !!!???

    But he knew the ND defense was elite and that he could let Golson mature with the season and gain confidence.

    Look at Golson now … makes pre-snap adjustements, make the right read/play … crazy accurate ….


    On another note seems the ND haters are always looking for new material …. Oklahoma is going to blow ND out? They choke at USC? Teo sucks?

    blah blah blah…

    Tune in Jan 7th …. Roll Irish

  12. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 14, 2012 6:02 PM


    S ucking
    E achothers
    C ocks

  13. dinklespiel says: Dec 14, 2012 8:14 PM

    Nobody’s hated Notre Dame since 1988.No reason to. But now the Phoenix rises and the haters are back.

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