Gunner Kiel Couldn't Hack Competition At Notre Dame

By douggriffiths
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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

You’ve heard that saying a million times and how appropriate it is for Gunner Kiel, who is transferring from Notre Dame.

In this case, apparently Kiel couldn’t stand the competition and is bolting from South Bend after a little over a year on campus.

The funny thing is Kiel knew he wasn’t going to waltz into the starting quarterback spot at Notre Dame. He knew when he decommitted from both Indiana and LSU, he would have to beat out Tommy Rees, Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix. Kiel, however, wasn’t good enough to beat out Golson in what was a wide-open competition at the position during last year’s spring practice or fall camp.

If you want to be handed a starting spot especially under center, you don’t go to Notre Dame, you go to Indiana.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly has been very forthright about what’s expected from his players and what they can expect.

When speaking with the South Bend Tribune, Kelly said, “I know what I laid down within the program about expectations and the parameters for all positions, not just quarterback. I’m going to recruit somebody to beat you out.”

Kelly was true to his word last month as he inked blue-chip signal caller Malik Zaire.

Future QB prospects be warned: Kelly could care less about your high school accolades. It’s all about performing once you’re wearing the Blue and Gold.

“If you’re a quarterback and you don’t think I’m going to bring in Malik Zaire to beat you out, then you need to transfer,” Kelly told the South Bend Tribune. “… My job is to continue to bring in the best fits for Notre Dame, both on and off the field. So if you’re a bit uneasy about the situation, then I welcome your transfer.”

Although Kelly’s comments to the newspaper came prior to word of Kiel’s impending transfer, his words couldn’t have been more prophetic.

So Kiel will soon pledge his services to yet another school and Kelly won’t bat an eye let alone shed a tear due to his departure, knowing he has a bevy of talent at the quarterback position.


Doug Griffiths is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Doug is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ISLgriffiths and Facebook.

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