(and I'll let you in on a little secret ... he's not), I'd rather have Gerry Faust coach Notre Dame. Starting tomorrow.
Of all the failed ND head coaches in my lifetime, Faust left the team in the best shape for his successor.
Let that sink in for a while.
Yeah, you said "no championship", but there's a wide range to that. From "we went 2-22 in the 2015 and 2016 seasons" to "we got jobbed by the refs in the title game twice in a fucking row".
In the case of the latter it would take a true moron to fire him. In the case of the former it would take a true moron to have kept him for '16. In the far more probable case of 2 years where (and I'll be a little generous here) we go 10-3 twice, 1-1 in bowel games... I'd say probably time to move on.
Layden went into the last game of his fifth year ranked number 1, having won 77% of his games as coach of Notre Dame. He finished that year ranked 5th. He finished his fourth year ranked 9th.
Kelly went into the last game of his fifth year riding a three game losing streak and one of the worst defensive stretches in Notre Dame football. He was 7-4 and sinking fast. That was after finishing
I don't see a need to speculate on whether I'd keep him after 2016 because there's no logic in keeping him after 2014.
after next season Kelly is likely to start seeking an extension if he at all intends to stay. His deal expires after 2018(?). Coaches don't coach to the end of their contracts in college football unless they aren't going to be retained.