Accountability for thee, but not for me.

Brian Kelly wants you all to know that he’s making Eddie Vanderdoes suffer with the consequences of the contract he signed with Notre Dame because Brian Kelly had to suffer, too.

… Kelly was asked whether it was fair he was allowed to leave Cincinnati in 2009, where he had a contract to coach the Bearcats through the 2013 season, and take the Notre Dame job and begin coaching the Irish the next season and Vanderdoes can’t play this season.

“I paid a million dollars in a buyout, too. There’s accountability in making those decisions,” Kelly said. “You can break the contract. He’s broken the contract and he’s going to go to another school. But there’s a level of accountability there.”

Sadly for Vanderdoes, his is not a level that includes having your new school toss a few extra bucks in the pot to make the move a little more palatable.

The document notes that “a significant part of the amount” listed as other reportable compensation “represents a one-time payment to Coach Kelly.” This likely was a signing incentive or money paid to him so he could pay his $1 million contract buyout to Cincinnati, or some combination of those.

Not to mention that Kelly is being paid roughly a million dollars more per year now than he was at his earlier stop.  You see, life’s been rough and it’s made Kelly a better man for it.  So Eddie needs to suck it up and learn a lesson here.

Actually there is a lesson to be learned.  It’s just not the one Kelly’s trying to sell.

It’s getting very hard to find the point where coaches stop feeding BS to the media and start believing their own nonsense is the truth.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Recruiting

29 responses to “Accountability for thee, but not for me.

  1. 79Dawg

    Someone on 680 yesterday morning (I think) was trying to say that Jimbo wanted to release the Thomas kid from FSU, but that the AD/President/Board of Trustees wouldn’t let him. While I don’t necessarily buy that, in this day and age, you can’t totally dismiss it out of hand either. Being a despotic, vengeful asshole is not “just looking out for the kids.”


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Them young whippersnappers have gotta learn some loyalty!


  3. AFCA proposed agenda topic with speaker shorter Brian Kelly, shorter Nick Saban commentary (if there is time), cameo by recent winner Jimbo and music by ex-Eagles dude (if the taxi arrives on time):

    How do you react when you hear the word, inventory? Does it send shivers down your spine when you think of all of the headaches it can cause? Does it cause excitement as you think about the vast quantities and varieties that you can hoard? Or does it cause you to shrug your shoulders and walk away? One thing is certain inventory can cause a variety of emotions, some well founded while others not. The purpose of this article is to eliminate some of the irrational emotions concerning inventory by gaining a better understanding about the subject. To gain that understanding we will examine inventory by answering the following questions:
    – Why do we have inventory?
    – What factors can influence the levels of inventory?
    – What are the costs associated with inventory?
    – What are some techniques for managing inventory?”

    h/t Wings-R-Us Parts & Supply


    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Fla, how callous of you to imply that players are merely inventory. They’re capital assets. Everybody knows that.


      • Perfect! That way they can be depreciated:

        “It is used in a trade or business (which will be the focus of our discussion here) or held for the production of income as an investment property.

        It has a finite period of usefulness in your business that can be estimated with some confidence, and that is longer than one year.

        It wears out, decays, gets used up, becomes obsolete, or loses value from natural causes.”


  4. Senator – as an attorney, don’t you believe there’s a fundamental difference between buying your way out of a contract via a clause you negotiated for and breaching a contract? For instance, ND did not have a buyout clause with ASU, so they’re playing the game as opposed to backing out. Now, if this piece is a comment on student athlete bargaining disparity, I’m in agreement. But I don’t think the buy out analogy fits.


    • I’m not the one who raised it in the first place. Kelly did.


      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        I don’t think a kid leaving to transfer to another school is breaching a contract. The scholarships are 1 year deals. The deal is up, man. Time to move on.


        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          I didn’t make myself clear. Let’s try again. He’s gonna sit out a year. THAT’S the year I was talking about.


      • To be fair, the media raised the analogy and Kelly responded. You then intimated a hypocrisy.

        Mark Richt previously had a buyout clause in his contract. If he made the same choice regarding a commit and a reporter called him a hypocrite for negotiating a way out of his contract, would you have the same comment?

        Again, I agree with the point about bargaining disparity, I just think the analogy is a false one.


        • Well, I haven’t seen Kelly’s contract with Cincinnati and I assume you haven’t either. How do you know what the press refers to as a buy-out clause isn’t actually a liquidated damages clause for an early breach of contract?

          That is, as an example, how Mark Richt’s 2006 contract amendment reads (see page 17). And I think it’s a pretty standard way of doing things.

          Also, it’s telling in this case that Kelly didn’t try to argue that he was being asked to respond in the context of a false analogy.


          • Kelly-UC Employment Agreement (base w/o extension) excerpt


            a. Coach recognizes that his promise to work for the University for the entire term of this Agreement is an essential consideration in the University’s decision to employ him as Head Football Coach. Coach also recognizes that the University is making a highly valuable investment in his continued employment by entering into this Agreement and its investment would be lost or diminished were he to resign or otherwise terminate his employment as Head Football Coach with the University prior to the expiration of this Agreement and accept a similar position at another Division I program. Accordingly, Coach agrees that in the event he resigns or otherwise terminates his employment under this Agreement prior to the expiration of the Term and accepts a coaching position at another Division I program or professional football organization within one (1) year of his termination of this Agreement, he shall pay to the University as liquidated damages, and not as a penalty, the following amounts:

            Date of Termination Liquidated Damages

            Before January 15, 2009 $2,000,000
            Before January 15, 2010 $1,000,000
            Before January 15, 2011 $750,000
            Before January 15, 2012 $500,000
            On or After January 15, 2012 $250,000

            b. Payment of said liquidated damages will be in a single lump sum amount. This requirement of payment of liquidated damages may be modified or waived by the President of the University at her sole discretion, acting on behalf of the University.”



            • That’s what I figured.

              Looks like the analogy holds up nicely.


              • Lrgk9

                Just about gotta be LD these days.


                • I guess it all comes down to whether he actually suffered negative repercussions for his “breach”, allowing him to claim with a straight face that he was held accountable. Would he have been able to pocket that extra million from ND if he didn’t owe UC liquidated damages? If he actually lost $1 Million for his move, then I think it’s fair to say he was held accountable. I’m sure the truth is somewhere in the middle.


                • If Brian Kelly had to go out-of-pocket to pay money to UC, he should fire his agent

                  “For 2010, Notre Dame had reported Kelly with nearly $1.8 million in other reportable compensation, although the return covering that year noted that “a significant part of the amount … represents a one-time payment to Coach Kelly.” This likely was a signing incentive or money paid to him so he could pay his $1 million contract buyout to Cincinnati, or some combination of those.”


                  “The first glimpse at what current head coach Brian Kelly makes shows that Kelly took in $2,424,301, though $1,762,334 of “other reportable compensation” indicates all or part of that payment is a ‘one-time payment to Coach Kelly,’ the Tribune reported. As reporter Brian Hamilton notes, that money might have helped with any buyout Kelly owed Cincinnati after leaving the Bearcats in December 2009.”



  5. WarD Eagle

    It would be much easier to just post the following.

    Brian Kelly is an Asshole

    This assertion has been supported by his actions for as long as I can remember.


  6. Lrgk9

    Brian is a self serving so & so…

    Da Fathers should let the kid go.


  7. Kelly leaving UC and Vanderdoes leaving ND are two totally separate issues.

    Vanderdoes – according to 247 – was the #6 player in the country, #1 DT in the country and the #1 player in California. It’s just a guess, but I’m sure his recruitment lasted three plus years.

    So, ND and several other schools around the country spent thousands of dollars and countless man-hours to recruit this guy and get his signature. Now, after all that, he wants to bolt. I’m sorry, but let him sit out a year or let him apply for a hardship waiver because his third cousin has asthma and he needs to be closer to home to help out and see the little fella, despite the fact he’s playing football all the time.

    I’m not a fan of all the baloney related to college coaches moving, but that’s a separate issue that’s been happening for years. Recruits should factor that in before making a decision.


    • Recruits should factor that in before making a decision.

      Yes, because an eighteen-year old kid can make major life decisions on his own just as well as a grown man who’s got the opportunity to draw on lawyers and agents to make sure he knows exactly what he’s getting into when he signs a contract.

      Nobody held a gun to Kelly’s head and made him spend time and money on Vanderdoes. If that’s all this is about, what’s in it for coaches like Richt who saw Tunsil pulled out from under his program at the last (pre-NLI) minute?

      Kelly is a hypocrite.


      • Oops – that should have gone here. 🙂


      • Always Someone Else's Fault

        Kelly is a hypocrite, and these young men do have to, at some point, accept that the 24/7 sycophancy ends when they sign the LOI. A few of these guys get so caught up in “who wants me most” that they lose sight of “who do I want the most.” And those are the ones with buyer’s remorse.

        I think the answer here is simple: if a team gets humiliated in the national championship game, followed by the humiliation of their star player falling in love with a girl who doesn’t exist who really turns out to be a guy he once met but that was just a coincidence, followed by their star QB getting run for academic violations, then Top 50 recruits get to rescind their LOI. The NCAA rule book is thicker than the NY phone book. It’s got to be in there somewhere.


    • PTC DAWG



  8. The process for signing football recruits has been in place for years and it’s a relatively simple process (though I’m sure the forms, etc. have been lawyered up). Thousands of players have gone through the system. Despite the NCAA being involved, I’m guessing it goes fairly smoothly (at least through signing day).

    My point is that EV has been recruited for years (again, I’m guessing at that). Surely he knew the basic process. If he wasn’t sure, he should have waited.

    I’m just not for the anarchy that will reign if the recruiting process goes up until a players last season in college.

    I’m not a fan of Kelly and maybe he should have kept his mouth closed, but these are really two different situations.

    Happy Friday,



  9. Brian fails to protect his perimeter

    “Why doesn’t everyone question if Bob Stoops will stay at his job? Why is Cincinnati not a destination job? How can you say this is not a destination job? You don’t know how good a job Cincinnati is…. I’m staying. You don’t have to worry about anything. I’m here, I’m not going anywhere.”