Jed York says he wouldn’t take coach from his alma mater


Last year, as the 49ers were searching (or, perhaps more accurately, “searching”) for a new head coach after parting ways with (or, perhaps more accurately “parting ways with”) Jim Harbaugh, a rumor emerged that the 49ers possibly would be hiring Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. (The rumor was quickly debunked, primarily since Jim Tomsula was always going to be the successor to Harbaugh.)

This year, two weeks after hiring Brian’s brother (not really) Chip Kelly to coach the team, owner Jed York addressed whether he considered hiring Brian this time around.

“This is in no way disrespectful to Brian Kelly: I would never hire the coach from Notre Dame, ever,” York told Rich Eisen on Thursday, via the San Jose Mercury News. “That’s my opinion, that I would never do that to my alma mater. That would never happen. I think a lot of Brian Kelly. I think he’s a hell  of a coach. But I would never take a coach away from my alma mater.”

But why wouldn’t he? If the goal is to win Super Bowls (indeed, he seems to believe the mandate is to win every one of them), why wouldn’t he consider any coach who is in the coaching profession, regardless of where the coach currently is coaching?

York presumably will be running the 49ers for a long time to come, and the 49ers will be periodically searching for new head coaches. The notion that they’d never hire the head coach of the school that produced the greatest quarterback in franchise history simply because York went to college there seems to be not fully in line with the goal of winning every Super Bowl — assuming the coach at Notre Dame ever is a guy who could satisfy those very high, and inherently unrealistic, expectations.

19 responses to “Jed York says he wouldn’t take coach from his alma mater

  1. loyalty to his alma mater perhaps?
    he is making fat cash regardless of whether the niners are worth a hoot or not . Plus he is real young so he has many a decade to win lombardis perhaps. what is the rush niners didn’t win with a loaded roster and a great coach you really think brian kelly is going to win more than harbs ?

  2. Sell the team, Jed. You’re obviously not as passionate for the team you own compared to your alma mater, Notre Dame.
    If Brian Kelly was that good a coach, your priority would be the 49ers.

  3. If he felt Brian Kelly gave them the best chance to win the Super Bowl, he’d hire him. But we don’t know what he can do on the NFL level. York is pretty much saying he doesn’t want to take a great coach away from his alma mater because if it doesn’t work out, Notre Dame loses a great coach, and York would have to fire a guy that he really likes.

  4. As long as Jed and Baalke are running things in San Fransisco, they could bring Lombardi back to life in
    his prime and they’d still find a way to blow it! :/

  5. Is this a ninth grade creative writing assignment? If so, I doubt he/she would get a passing grade.

  6. Jed is wising up in his old age. Recruiting blue chip high school players to come to Note Dame is the key to winning at Notre Dame. Having a good scouting department is the key to winning in the NFL. I think uncle Eddie told him that. The 49ers usually picked at the end of every round, but somehow dominated the draft year in and year out. They won five super bowls using two different coaches and two different QBs. They just had better players than everyone else. Trent Baalke is the key to success. Or the key to losing.

  7. One day, Eddie DeBartolo is going to send Carmine Policy to talk some sense into Jed York. At dinner, York will angrily send Policy away yelling at him to tell his uncle to go to hell. A week later, York is going to wake up with a horse’s head in his bed.

  8. The Raider’s win over the 49ers in 2014 was a superb, and I’m a hated Patriots fan. I hope the Raiders stay here, and dominate the Bay Area for years to come. This all comes from a hardcore Joe Montana/Bill Walsh fan that grew up here, too

  9. Every time York opens his mouth about his thoughts about the team my pity for the Niners fans grows exponentially. As a Vikings fan we suffered with Red McCombs; fortunately he was only interested in money and when the time came for him to cash in he took it. I don’t know what it will take to get rid of York. It is sad that he will continue to mismanage this storied franchise most likely for years to come.

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