This week Brian Kelly left his post at Notre Dame to become the new head football coach at LSU.
The entire situation was handled about as horribly as humanly possible.
Despite departing in an extremely shady way, Kelly attempted to cover his tracks with bizarre surface-level tactics like an early morning “meeting” with his old team. His now-former players saw right through the whole charade for obvious reasons.
Kelly’s speech at the meeting speaks for itself:
Kelly then went on to add insult to injury on Wednesday, during his LSU introductory press conference. Completely unprompted, he opted to take this shot at his old program:
Brian Kelly on coming to LSU and being in the SEC: “I want to be under the bright lights. I want to be on the Broadway stage.”
Added on adapting to Louisiana’s culture: “We’re not here to change anything, we’re here to get changed by it.” pic.twitter.com/AMg3Bn4BcU
— Harrison Valentine (@HValentineLSU) December 1, 2021
“I came down here because I wanted to be with the best,” Kelly said.
“The resources here are outstanding, it starts with the alignment, excellence, the standard of expectations. You’re looked at in terms of champions here, and I want that. I want to be under the bright lights. I want to be on the Broadway stage. That’s what my passion is, so yeah, that’s part of the draw, there’s no doubt about that. I’m going to learn about Louisiana.”
Kelly did not experience enough big games during his 12-year run at Notre Dame, apparently. Perhaps he would’ve finally done so this season, as his Fighting Irish were very much in the College Football Playoff hunt prior to his exit.
How Zach Wilson’s girlfriend reacted to his tough day. https://t.co/w8QNqJh10t
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 30, 2021
During his time in South Bend, Kelly went 3-4 against SEC opponents. He seems to believe that was the byproduct of bad talent. Some might argue that both Alabama and Georgia were simply better coached in those games.
Either way, Kelly will have the opportunity to prove himself at LSU. But if he stumbles, it’s hard to see how his legacy could possibly recover.