Brian Kelly grew up around politics. He campaigned for his father, an alderman in Chelsea, Mass., and worked for Gary Hart's 1984 political campaign.
Now those past associations are being criticized.
World Magazine, a publication covering religion, has questioned the wisdom of Notre Dame's hiring of Kelly.
Mark Bergin writes: "The recent hire of Brian Kelly to succeed Charlie Weis as head football coach at Notre Dame raised more than a few eyebrows among devout Catholic alumni, many of whom have helped build the school's $6 billion endowment. Kelly has a history of association with left-leaning politicians, including working for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart in 1984. Such ties have prompted some Fighting Irish faithful to wonder aloud if Kelly supports legalized abortion."