Rally sons of Notre Dame: Sing her glory and sound her fame, Raise her Gold and Blue
and cheer with voices true: Rah, rah, for Notre Dame. We will fight in ev-ry game,
Strong of heart and true to her name. We will ne’er forget her and will cheer her ever
Loyal to Notre Dame.
These are the words to the Notre Dame Victory march, but its seems like almost another lifetime when thinking about the relevancy of Notre Dame Football.
Yes the Irish played in the National Championship in 2012, but outside of an occasional nine or 10 win season, Hail to the Victor almost seems long forgotten.
From Bob Davie to Tyrone Willingham, to the Charlie Weis debacle and now to Brian Kelly, many football purists have to wonder if this team will ever be back to a level of a college football power house.
The Irish are coming off a 4-8 season and there is no doubt Kelly, who is entering his eighth year in South Bend is in a pivotal year.
Kelly as a coach has an Hour Glass metric of only TWO (2), the three year algorithm we use to rank college football coaches. As a reminder, the 2017 average coaching metric is FIVE, so Kelly has vastly underachieved during his time in South Bend.
From a recruiting stand point the Irish hold an HG stamp of 90 which is in the ball park with the likes of Clemson, Oklahoma and others. The Irish rank 11th in the Hour Glass recruiting metric; this is just on the outside of the Realistic Championship Contender cut line and well inside the title game bust line.
The biggest problem for the Irish entering the 2017 season is who will replace the departed DeShone Kizer at quarterback. The Irish looked to have zeroed in on Brandon Wimbush as the heir apparent, but we won’t know for sure until kickoff.
The Irish play the usual suspects like Stanford, USC, Michigan State and others and added a nonconference game against Georgia.
Look for the Irish to bounce back in 2017, but come December will it be enough to grant Kelly another season in South Bend? Only time will tell.