Notre Dame Fighting Irish head football coach Brian Kelly was successful in leading his team to a 38-3 thrashing of the Texas Longhorns in last night’s season opener, but he was not 100 percent satisfied.
Why? Well, speaking to reporters after the game, including Mike Vorel of the South Bend Tribune, Kelly stated that he was not amused by the amount of Longhorns burnt orange he saw in the stands at Notre Dame Stadium.
Look, I get it. If I’m a head coach and my team’s season opener is at home, I’d definitely want more home fans than ones from the road in the seats. But at the same time, Kelly’s annoyance is a bit out of place.
Consider this. Notre Dame’s current student population, both undergraduate and graduate, is just over 12,000. That of Texas, on the other hand, is near 40,000, and that’s just undergraduates. On top of that, think of how many Texas fans there are nationwide, especially in the South Bend area. Keep in mind that South Bend is just 96 miles outside of Chicago, an hour’s drive from Gary, and just a few hours away from Indianapolis.
That all being said, one has to consider that in all four of those cities, there have to be at least some Texas alums who are willing to make the drive to the stadium for the rare chance to see their team live.
So while Brian Kelly may be annoyed that his team’s season opener was overrun by Longhorns fans, he should shake it off and realize that it’s not necessarily something he can control, and also take solace that the rest of his team’s home games will likely be overrun by home fans. On top of that, he’s getting bent out of shape over approximately 10,000 seats of a stadium that seats over 80,000, so Notre Dame fans were still a strong majority at the game.
Notre Dame’s next test comes against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on the 12th.
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