If returning the interest of the NFL is just an attempt by Kelly to convince the good fathers at Notre Dame to reach deeper into their pockets, it's a dangerous ploy. The timing -- a few days before some of the best of the elite Irish recruiting class are set to become early-enrollees -- couldn't be much worse.
The uncertainty seems already to have scared off one big-time recruit. After having given his word to the Irish long ago, linebacker Alex Anzalone suddenly switched his allegiance and said he plans to enroll at the University of Florida soon.
When Kelly signed on three years ago, expectations were for this sort of a season. If a raise is deserved for a berth in the BCS National Championship Game, should money have been refunded after those 8-5 years?
Could this be one of those "Be careful what you wish for" scenarios? How would Kelly and his system function in an NFL culture? What happens the first time he hands Michael Vick a diagram of what his locker is supposed to look like?
Ultimate control is the only way Kelly knows how to coach. That's not a bad thing. College coaches are the Alpha and the Omega when it comes to their program.
There is no Collective Bargaining Agreement in college football. The only reps in the college game are those done on the practice field. There are no union reps. It's a different world.
In a society based on capitalism, a guy shouldn't be condemned for trying to better his plight -- whether he coaches football or scribbles words.
Let the scenario play out. Adjust if necessary.
Consistency, though, might be a casualty.
Staff writer Al Lesar: