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Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly Wins Prestigious Award

Brian Kelly with his arms crossed on the Notre Dame sideline.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the action during the fourth quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

We're just one day away from the College Football Playoff, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish prepare for their semifinal matchup against the Clemson Tigers. Although the greatest accomplishment that Brian Kelly can hope for this season is winning the national championship, it turns out that he'll be taking home a prestigious award in the process.

The Bobby Dodd Trophy honors a head coach whose program represents scholarship, leadership and integrity. It's also important that the recipient of the award leads his team to success on the field.

Kelly checks off all the boxes for these requirements, especially with Notre Dame still undefeated on the year.

However, the one move that really makes Kelly an ideal candidate for this award was his decision to start Ian Book over Brandon Wimbush following the third game of the season.

Nick Saban and other notable coaches have won the Bobby Dodd Trophy in years past, and it's only fitting that Kelly takes home the hardware this season.

With the Cotton Bowl taking place this weekend, Kelly will have the chance to prove is worth on the sidelines in a head-to-head battle with Dabo Swinney.

The Fighting Irish can get one step closer to their ultimate goal with a victory over the Clemson Tigers tomorrow.