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AP names Brian Kelly as its Coach of the Year

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Earlier today Ben noted that Penn State’s Bill O’Brien claimed the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award over, among others, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.

A short time later, the award roles were reversed.

For leading the Irish to a perfect 12-0 regular-season record and giving the school its first shot at a national championship since 1988, Kelly has been tabbed as the Associated Press Coach of the Year.  Kelly is the first Notre Dame head coach to claim the AP honor, which was established in 1998.

“When you’re talking about the coach of the year, there’s so many things that go into it,” Kelly said. “I know it’s an individual award and it goes to one guy, but the feelings that I get from it is you’re building the right staff, that you’ve got the right players and to me that is a validation of the program. That you put together the right business plan.”

Kelly was named on 25 first-place ballots, followed by O’Brien (14),¬†Stanford’s David Shaw (four), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin (three), Kansas State’s Bill Snyder (two) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (one).

The AP award is the third major coaching honor this month for Kelly as he was previously named the Eddie Robinson and Home Depot Coach of the Year.

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14 Responses to “AP names Brian Kelly as its Coach of the Year”
  1. ttalarico says: Dec 19, 2012 3:42 PM

    Well deserved.

    Go Irish!

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 19, 2012 3:47 PM

    Good for BK.

    Now enough of this waiting, lets kick off some football games already !!!

    Roll Irish.

  3. gatordontplay says: Dec 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    congrats to the coach who has killed more people than he has national championships

  4. ttalarico says: Dec 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    It’s too bad we can’t keep idiots like you off the Internet. What a classless and uninformed person you are.

  5. harvupdyke says: Dec 19, 2012 4:52 PM

    Again, I don’t understand. Did Coach Saban withdraw from consideration?

    This Kelly fella missed the playoffs this year at Grand Valley & didn’t win his conference. Sure he had a good run there in Allendale, but I think if a D2 coach wins the award he should at least make the playoffs. 8-3 doesn’t cut it for coach of the year.

    Can’t say the same for Coach Saban. He won his conference. He’s coaching in the post season.

    Rudy fans: see y’all January the 7th.

    Roll dam tide.

  6. ttalarico says: Dec 19, 2012 4:59 PM

    I guess I just don’t understand y’all’s sense of humor.

  7. Deb says: Dec 19, 2012 5:25 PM

    It was nice to see Coach O’Brien honored with the Maxwell award for overcoming tremendous odds to hold Penn State’s program together and finish with a winning season. But when it comes to the AP Coach of the Year, I think the sportswriters got it right. You’ve got to give it to Kelly for bringing the Irish back from oblivion to the top of the polls. Even as a Bama fan who loves Nick, I just don’t think there could be any other choice this season. Congratulations to Coach Kelly!

  8. Deb says: Dec 19, 2012 6:02 PM

    @ttalarico …

    I’m a Southerner and a Bama fan, and I don’t understand that garbage either. Unfortunately, every fanbase has its share of lunatics.

  9. ttalarico says: Dec 19, 2012 6:18 PM


    I agree, and definitely ND has theirs also.

    Thanks for your comment on Coach Kelly, anxious to meet some Bama fans in Miami. My wife and I enjoy mixing with the “enemy”. :)

  10. Deb says: Dec 19, 2012 6:22 PM

    My brother and his family are going, but the kids won’t know until Christmas morning so we’re all sworn to secrecy :)

  11. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Dec 19, 2012 7:32 PM

    Amazing what he accomplishes with such limited resources.

  12. millersirish1986 says: Dec 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    @harvupdyke. Did you speak a rare form of english that no one else knows…if your going to comment on a board atleast have graduated from the 6th grade because my 4th grader and 2nd grader make more sense when they type then that jargon you just spilled on to the page…kelly is very deserving of this award and im just tired of the lame brain comments of few…congrats kelly and GO IRISH!!!

  13. general74 says: Dec 20, 2012 8:22 AM

    Really Urban Meyer couln’t even get a single vote. He took a 6-7 team with nothing to play for to a perfect 12-0 record how is that not even consideration worthy for AP coach of the year.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 21, 2012 12:39 PM


    I agree 110%, I think there is an unwritten rule that when your program is under restrictions you are exempt from all post season awards. Now O’Brien obviously is the exeption here.

    I have said many times that Bill O’Brien should be the NCAA COY for what he had to overcome with that program, some of which is unprecendented (other coaches recruiting on his campus) and go 8-4… simply amazing.

    But if O’Brien gets consideration, Meyer has to as well. 12-0 is 12-0. No one won more reg season games this year than Meyer’s Buckeyes. He deserves at least a few votes…

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