I was in Shipshewana yesterday and was asked what I thought of Notre Dame’s rise to the top of the college football ranks.
Being a SEC football snob, I dismissed the success story. But, if you read about their turnaround, there is much to be admired.
Coach Brian Kelly took over the program three years ago. Notre Dame has a storied past and had experienced two decades of mediocrity. Many thought that Notre Dame would never live up to its past success again.
Kelly says that three things set the team apart:
At the top levels of college football, the athletes have similar ability. Intangibles like mental toughness which enables unparalleled execution, team cohesion which causes trust amongst teammates, and a belief in their ability to press to victory sets the elite apart.
I admire those intangibles when I see them. Notre Dame has much to admire.