Brian Kelly’s time with LSU hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Despite a decent-but-not great effort in his first year, the former Notre Dame head coach saw his squad regress in 2023.
What the Tigers will look like under Kelly in 2024 is a very open question.
Complicating matters further is a report this week that Kelly has his eye on a different college football coaching opportunity.
And as on-brand as having a wandering eye is for the 62-year-old, it leaves the state of multiple programs up in the air.
According to LSU insider Matt Moscona, Kelly would be very interested in coaching at Michigan if Jim Harbaugh departs for the NFL. As things stand, three NFL teams have shown interest in him over the past year. And Harbaugh has only ruled one team out as a potential landing spot.
“If Michigan pursues Brian Kelly, he would leave LSU for Michigan,” Moscona said. “I am confident in saying that.”
Beyond that, a Texas A&M insider informed Jacob Hester and Chris Doering that Kelly is being considered a back-up plan if Harbaugh does make his exit this offseason.
“There’s a couple people in coaching that told me, ‘Hey, watch out for Brian Kelly. He’s not a perfect fit there in Baton Rouge. He might be pursuing that Michigan job if it comes open.”
In his first season with LSU Kelly went 10-4 and beat Alabama. This year he went 9-3 and didn’t. There is a reason why his daughter’s provocative photos caused more of a hubbub in Baton Rouge than he did in 2023.
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From the jump, Kelly never seemed like an ideal fit to be the Tigers’ head coach.
His results just back that up.
Will Kelly jump to Michigan when Harbaugh inevitably leaves for the pros next year? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.