It didn’t take Brian Kelly long to show why he was the right choice to take over the football program at Notre Dame after Charlie Weiss was fired.
"There's a football coach and then there's the football coach at Notre Dame. Nobody, nobody does it like Notre Dame,” says Kelly.
But the past three seasons have showed that nobody does it quite like Brian Kelly.
Kelly wasn’t kidding when he said they went to work right away after taking over, "We don't get a 5-year plan. This is a 5-minute plan. We are working on it immediately,”
Players like Manti Te’o noted that the change was “fast,” and as Brian Kelly showed from day one--his practices were going to be a lot different.
There was no honeymoon period. The players still remember the first practices under the new coach, “to be honest, the first practice we went through—it was really hard,” said Irish inside linebacker Dan Fox.
"We had to do gassers and guys weren't touchdown the lines so we had to keep on going back,” said Prince Shembo. The outside linebacker remembers seeing Fox running and throwing up during those early practices.
The memory was still fresh for Fox too, "I think I threw up a couple of times and I was just like oh my gosh."
It was because of those difficult practices and conditioning that Brian Kelly was able to coach the 2012 team to this year’s national championship game.