In just three seasons, Brian Kelly has taken Notre Dame from disappointing finishes to the national title game.
For those unfamiliar with Kelly's resume, this isn't his first quick turnaround of a program. In his first three seasons at D-II Grand Valley, Kelly went 41-2, followed eventually by back to back national titles in 2002 and 2003. He later led Central Michigan to a 9-4 finish in his third season before heading to Cincinnati where he compiled a 34-6 record and led the Bearcats to a #3 ranking in the BCS standings.
To put it simply, Coach Kelly knows how to turn things around and win the right way.
Yesterday, Kelly was asked what the blueprint would look like if someone wanted to accomplish the same things that Kelly has been able to accomplish in three short years with the Notre Dame program.
Kelly responded by saying that the first thing you have to do is "set a bar".
"You have to challenge your players to reach and exceed that bar. That requires a consistency, and a clear, concise communication of what the goals and objectives are on a day to day basis, and that you're not going to settle for anything less."
"There also has to be an environment where your players really enjoy the process. Coming in here and wanting to improve on a day to day basis. Having energy and enthusiasm to be the best that they can be, and it's not in a Gatorade bottle. It's something that takes time and takes a commitment frome everybody in the room."
"Those are things that you really can't put your finger on as much as you develop over time and I think that's what we're seeing happen here."