Gould Headshot squareAnalyze this: Despite reports that representatives of Brian Kelly are exploring other coaching options, the embattled coach is “fully committed’’ to returning to Notre Dame.

OK, here goes: If Kelly can find a coaching option that makes good sense, he’ll move on. If he can’t, he’ll roll up his sleeves and coach the daylights out of ND next season.

What’s happening here is that Kelly, who dealt himself a tough (youthful) hand this fall and didn’t handle it well, is subject to mounting unrest within Notre Dame’s fan and alumni base.

And that will only add to the hurdles Kelly will need to clear to guide ND back into the hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that the Fighting Irish faithful believe is their birthright.

If Kelly wants to move on, who could blame him? And who could blame ND for holding the door open? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.