Luck of the Irish

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly looks at what Bob Stoops has done at Oklahoma and would like to emulate it.

Stoops has posted 10 10-win seasons in 14 years and led the eighth-ranked Sooners (5-1) to 13 straight bowl games. Stoops has a record of 144-35 and is 79-4 at home. Kelly says that's the kind of consistency he wants to build at Notre Dame. He believes the fifth-ranked Irish (7-0) are trending that way.

That's crucial for Notre Dame coaches in their third season. Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz all won national championships in their third seasons. Kelly said he hasn't given much thought to the history. But the third-year coach knows Notre Dame fans are impatient.