It has been one heck of a season for Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly.
Kelly has led the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season and has the team in position to win their first national title since 1988 — the same year that they last went undefeated. Kelly is preparing his team for their January 7th match up against Alabama in Miami, but he has received another individual honor during his preparation.
Today, the Walter Camp Foundation announced that Kelly has been named their 2012 Coach of the Year.
It is the fourth coach of the year honor that Kelly has been awarded with following Notre Dame’s 2012 campaign. Kelly also brought home the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Home Depot Coach of the Year awards.
On top of the awards for his brilliant coaching job this season, Kelly is receiving interest from NFL teams with head coaching vacancies.
Kelly is believed to be a top candidate and could be the favorite to land in Cleveland if the Browns do not secure Chip Kelly. There are also a handful of other teams with openings that would be interested in Brian Kelly. He’s one of the top rising candidates in NFL circles and a victory in the national championship could be enough to trigger his jump to the next level.
Once again, congratulations to Brian Kelly on an incredible season.