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Mass. College Football: The Kelley Brothers Discuss The ‘Kelley Cup’

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – While the “Kelly Cup” has a special meaning to Framingham State’s Tom Kelley, it also means something to his sons, Mike and Patrick Kelley.

Mike is an assistant coach for Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s football team, a program he used to play for as student prior to graduating in 1999, while Patrick is an assistant coach with the Framingham State Rams.

Both teams will meet tomorrow afternoon in an important Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup, and in anticipation of another ‘Kelley Cup,’ Noontime Sports caught up with the assistance coaches to chat about their favorite memories of the series.

Mike (Left) and Patrick (Right), along with their father, Tom Kelley (Center), will contend for the 'Kelly Cup' tomorrow afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Mike (Left) and Patrick (Right), along with their father, Tom Kelley (Center), will contend for the ‘Kelly Cup’ tomorrow afternoon! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Noontime Sports: What makes this game so special?

Mike Kelley: “That’s a good question, but just before the game (is one of my favorite moments, especially when we’re) talking with the other coaches and going up to the football office before the game and talking football before the game and things like that. I grew up on the campus, so I know the campus inside and out, so it’s kind of weird and awkward to go back because I have been there before, so just hanging out before the game is one of the biggest memories and it will happen on Saturday (when) I go up to the office before the game.”

Patrick Kelley: “Like (my brother said), we both grew up on the campus, so it’s a little bit weird (coaching) against your brother, but we’ve had some really tough games against them and it doesn’t matter what the records are going into the game because it is just one of those games where all bets are off. It’s a tough battle, no matter who is up and who is down, and we know we’ll always get their best every time we play them. Mike is going to have them prepared, too.”

Noontime Sports: Were you guys competitive with one another growing up?

PK: “Absolutely. Every chance we got – our father was an athletic director, so we had access to every ball or net, so we spent (as much) time as we could (outside) whether it was playing street hockey or basketball or wiffleball.”

MK: “We’d be on the (basketball) court during halftime of a Framingham State game playing basketball in front of the crowd.”

PK: “Yeah, we did that growing up. We were both ball boys for the football team until we got to high school, but our whole lives has been a fierce rivalry.”

Noontime Sports: This is an important contest for both squads, so what would a victory do for your team?

TK: “We’re 2-3 in the conference, so a win would be huge for us. We have three league games left and it would be huge to get it going against the division winner from the last two years.”

PK: “It is a little bit different for us (because) we know we need to win out to have a chance for a possible postseason birth. (Our next two games) are going to be super tough with Massachusetts Maritime and Bridgewater State, but if we’re lucky enough to get a win this week it will put us in very good shape since we don’t have any losses in the conference.”

Noontime Sports: Finally, what’s the best advice your father has taught you from a football perspective? How has his advice helped you both grow as coaches?

TK: “Don’t lose (because) you prepare for the unexpected and you’ve got to have your kids in the right positions no matter what happens. (Also), never underestimate your opponent.”

PK: “He’s just portrayed that you have to build a tough, competitive team (that’s also) a disciplined team, so that’s something you can hang your hat on, which is having a tough, competitive good group of kids.”

Mass. College Football: FSU’s Tom Kelley Discusses The ‘Kelley Cup’

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Framingham State’s Tom Kelley is certainly excited for tomorrow’s contest, as his Rams will face his son’s Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers in the “Kelley Cup.”

This particular game certainly has a special meaning for Kelley, along with his sons Mike Kelley (Massachusetts Maritime) and Patrick Kelley (Framingham State).

“(I’m) excited (and) I am nervous because they’re a very good team,” said Tom Kelley, who will be coaching against his son Mike for the seventh time.

“Their offensive (line) is scary, they’re better defensively than people are giving them credit for and we’ve watched them (on film) the last couple weeks and they’re really coming around defensively and everyone’s giving us fits, (especially) our offense, so I am sure they’re going to come up big, so we’ve got to play our A-game for sure.”

After Wednesday’s New England Football Writers’ luncheon at Harvard University concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with the seven-year head coach to chat about the game.

On coaching against his son: “I’m real proud to be part of this (tradition) and have two sons involved in the greatest profession on earth. It’s really an exciting time. There is going to be a lot of family and there are going to be a lot of alums looking at this game, so this it what it’s all about.

“It (isn’t easy), but that’s the way it’s broken down and Mike’s at his alma mater, he’s really proud of what they’re doing down there and his career as an athlete and a coach, but it is what it is.”

On the Kelley Cup tradition: “There’s some tradition, but this will be our seventh one. They won the first one and moments – I don’t know, but it’s a bitter sweet thing (because) when you win the game you’re really happy to do that and then you look on the other side and that’s my son.”

On last year’s overtime thriller: “They had us. It was particularly tough on my son because they were up the whole game and we came roaring back and we had to make huge plays at the end of regulation to tie it up and then we got into overtime and we had some veterans that stepped up at that point, so I am sure they’ll remember that and it’s going to come back to motivate them.”

On containing the Buccaneers offense: “I don’t think you stop them. I think you try and slow them down a little bit and we’ll do that by trying to control the ball, (but it’ll) be a big challenge because our guys are going to be out there a lot. We play a lot of guys on defense, which is a good thing, but can you get them in and out because they’re a fast paced (offense) that’s pressing all the time, so we’ll have to suck it up and come up with big plays.”