Video: Brian Kelly surprises walk-on player with scholarship

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday March 14, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on March 14, 2012

Two weeks ago, we saw less than ideal weather conditions as Larry Fedora led his North Carolina team through 'Blue Dawn.'

Now, we've found another coach that more concerned about building the intangible necessary to win a championship than about frigid temperatures and snow covered fields.

Recently, as Notre Dame prepared for conditioning stations in brutal conditions, Brian Kelly reminded his team, "This has nothing to do with your cardiovascular ability.  This is all mental toughness.  That's all I'm looking for.  It's how tough are we mentally?"

Kelly reminded his team, "At Notre Dame, you're going to play Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Stanford, Oklahoma, BYU.  It doesn't get easier.  I mean, every week you're going to get challenged.  We have to keep that in mind.  That' why we're out here doing this because we're going to be tougher mentally than our opponents."

Awesomely, seriously awesomely (not sure if there's truly a better way to describe it), Kelly picked a great time (unless you couldn't feel your feet) to pick up the team morale by surprisingly awarding a scholarship to a deserved walk-on at the conclusion of outside conditioning drills.  (See the video)

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