I am an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan. I graduated from the University of Alabama many years ago. Since the BCS National Championship was played in Miami this year, I was excited to be able to go to the game. I was equally excited when the Crimson Tide won the national championship and beat Notre Dame. I had a very bad experience going to Notre Dame for a game when I was a student at the University of Alabama. So, it was doubly gratifying to win the game this year.
There was an interesting article recently on the website, “Fansided,” that was titled, Nick Saban Inspires Brian Kelly to have Notre Dame focus on Special Teams. The bottom line of the article was that Brian Kelly realized that Alabama had its best players playing each aspect of the game to include special teams. Many teams put the second stringers on their special teams. Alabama had its starters playing on special teams and Notre Dame did not. So from the get-go Notre Dame was behind. Brian Kelly was quoted in the article saying, “I want starters to be part of our special teams units…we’re going to be about it in the spring to really put our best players on special teams.”
Brian Kelly is obviously a life-long learner. Just because he’s become the head coach of the storied Notre Dame program, he has not stopped learning. I admire that in anyone.
The writer of Proverbs says, Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more. Proverbs 9:9 I’ve met a lot of men who thought they knew everything about a subject and weren’t willing to learn something new. I’ve met them in the military, in the ministry, and in organizations I’ve been a part of. If a man is not willing to admit he doesn’t know everything in a certain area and become a learner, even when he’s arrived at one of the positions at the pinnacle of his profession, he’s destined to fail again and again.
I don’t think Brian Kelly will make the same mistake twice. My hope is that I’ll never be arrogant enough to think I can’t learn from someone else. And my hope is that if Alabama meets Notre Dame in another athletic contest that Alabama will win again!