After a 4-8 season, the 2nd worst record in the past 60 years of ND football, coach Brian Kelly deservedly finds himself on the hot seat. At times Kelly did not handle the hot seat well last year as he shifted blame to the players multiple times while showing inability to adapt within his own coaching staff and schemes, or waiting until it was too late (i.e. Brian Van Gorder).
But Kelly returns this season to coach his 8th season at ND. In 8 seasons Kelly has led ND to a 3-3 bowl game record, the schools first bowl win since 1993, and took them to the 2002 national championship. But Kelly’s Irish are going to have to do better than the recurring 8-5 record of years past in order for Kelly to keep his job and that all starts with a mass turnover to the coaching staff.
To put it simple, the illusion of Brian Kelly being a good fit at Notre Dame is fading. With 10 (or 11 with a bowl game) games remaining, Kelly likely can only lose 2 more games. This means he will most likely have to win at least 2 of the following game: USC, at Miami, at Stanford, or a bowl game. Following is a list of the most likely candidates to replace Kelly.