I know football usually doesn't get a lot of play in this forum, but I can't help but find Notre Dame's hiring of Brian Kelly interesting/sad.
First of all, I am a Buckeye fan (as you may have guessed) but Notre Dame has always been a strong #2 for me, #1 before I attended OSU. It especially meant a lot to the older generations of my family who weren't college educated (or even high school educated for those who had to leave school early to support the family) and felt that Irish Catholics at Notre Dame were "on their team."
Anyhoo, in the wake of ND inviting Barrack Obama to give the commencement address this year and honoring him with of all things an honorary Doctorate of Law degree, I find it very sad that ND would hire a football coach who is openly Pro-Choice (at least from what I hear from sports talk radio). I would have hoped they would be especially sensitive to that. It makes it difficult for me to have any interest in Notre Dame anymore in any respect. I realize it is a football coaching position and not a position in the Theology department, but it still in my opinion is a slap in the face to Catholic ND supporters, especially given the very recent past.
Even looking at it from strictly a football standpoint, I do not see much difference between the team he put together at UC and the one that ND had this year. Great offense, terrible defense, the one difference being UC found a way to win the close games and ND found a way to lose the close games. Those types of things even themselves out over time if your team cannot be guaranteed of stopping the other late in a close game. I don;t see how ND will be any better off for hiring him from a football standpoint, though you never know until they play the games I guess.