Originally posted by shortcircuit
In this case, Kelly ND was the pinnacle for him. He grew up Catholic and it had been a lifelong dream to coach there. As I said before, ND nearly pulled the trigger on him the year before. He gets his shot at the brass ring and he jumped on it.
Also, your assertion that [b]You can coach at We Win Every Year University where all the top recruits are g generate long durations of winning barring a rash of injuries or classroom difficulties.
The big key to generating long durations of winning is the ability to attract top-notch recruits every year. You can have the best coaches on the field and world-class facilities, but if you can't recruit the best athletes, you won't have the best team. The best you can hope for is to have a lucky year or two. As such, I consider recruitment to be the most important quality a coach can have.
However -- there are certain "brand-name" programs that will always be able to attract top-notch recruits. The "brand" is mainly the result of a long history of winning in the past, and might not have much to do with the state of the current facilities. That is why I call them "We Win Every Year University". These schools don't actually win "every year" - there's going to be years when people get hurt, or when too many major recruits fail to live up to the hype - but even then you know that next year's team will very likely be a winner.
That is why I greatly enjoy watching the non brand-name programs and the non brand-name conferences. These are places where you can't just open the campus gates and welcome the new crop of bluechips. You have to go out there and sell the program. You need to make presentations that will make prospects look past the usual list and consider going to Where-the-heck-is-that? University. Coaches that can do this and have success at these schools impress me greatly.
The real challenge, though, is to build on that success and turn your school into a true "brand" program that will succeed for many years to come. This means sticking with the program after the big breakthrough and continuing the hard work of marketing it every year until it becomes a perennial winner.
As for Kelly, if Notre Dame was his lifelong dream, I can't really get down on him too much. I just hope his successor at Cincinnati is able to maintain the momentum -- (Just as long as the Bearcats don't mess up Rutgers if the Men in Scarlet are having an undefeated season😀 )