Upset Notre Dame fans use a full-page ad to argue that AD Jack Swarbrick has not produced results

If it is in fact true, that "you are what your record says you are," then Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and head coach Brian Kelly have not been very good, according to Fighting Irish standards.

Notre Dame failed to live up to its preseason expectations and finished this season with a 4-8 record that included losses against Texas, Duke and Navy.

Now, Notre Dame fans and alumni are calling for change, and on Wednesdaytook out a full-page ad in the student newspaper, The Observer, to express their displeasure with Swarbrick and Kelly.

According to the Indianapolis Star, hundreds of fans and alumni raised money for the ad, and in it claim that Notre Dame football has failed under Swarbrick in every facet and pales in comparison to one of its rivals, Stanford.

"You talk to alumni and people who are involved and I think people are just dissatisfied and disheartened with the failure of the administration at Notre Dame with regards with how they're managing what was really once considered what we think a signature brand in college football," Mike Murphy, a Notre Dame graduate, told the Indianapolis Star.

It doesn't appear likely Swarbrick or Kelly will be leaving South Bend in the immediate future. Swarbrinkhas backed Kelly and told in October, "Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year."

Kelly, who signed a six-year contract extensionin late January, is 59-31 in seven seasons at Notre Dame. While fans and alumni express displeasure with Swarbrick and Kelly's poor results, it seems unlikely that it'll have an impact on the two men's jobs for next season.

-- Isaac Chipps
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