There was no fire in ND when they came out of the tunnel onto the field. From their play during the season, ND had the right to be there. That loss is pinned almost entirely on the coach, Brian Kelley, in my opinion.
I disagree 1,000%. The coach cannot go out and play for the kid, let alone 22 of them.
I am a believer that motivation cannot come from an external person or thing. Your motivation can ONLY come from yourself. If you WANT IT, you're motivated to go GET IT. There are MANY time when the coach believes in his guys but the guys aren't motivated themselves and therefore lose. If you're not motivated to get out there and play your hardest, then it's time to hang up the helmet.