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Brian Kelly is still badmouthing Notre Dame

Brian Kelly received’t need to face the horrors of the Notre Dame amenities anymore.
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Brian Kelly is on a mission to make himself Public Enemy Quantity One in South Bend, Indiana, for causes unknown. His daughter will probably be graduating from Notre Dame subsequent month, and at this level, if I have been Kelly, I wouldn’t be too eager about exhibiting my face on campus.

After 12 seasons at Notre Dame, throughout which he was given numerous second possibilities and, after a tough begin to his tenure, finally grew to become the winningest coach in Notre Dame historical past, Kelly shocked Irish followers when he introduced in January that he could be leaving for LSU.

Whereas it got here out of the blue on the time, there was widespread assist for the college’s determination to advertise defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to the pinnacle teaching place, and a way of appreciation for Kelly’s years with this system and understanding of his selection to maneuver on.

However he hasn’t moved on. For some purpose, he won’t shut up about Notre Dame, even after months in Baton Rouge. In a current interview with AP, he went into essentially the most element but about his determination to maneuver, doubling down on some questionable remarks in current months that boil all the way down to him blaming Irish gamers and the ND administration for his failures in main video games in opposition to ranked groups, whether or not through the common season or the postseason.

I can perceive having some points with administration — Kelly requested for up to date amenities that he by no means acquired, and that would have been irritating. However through the 4 years that I used to be a pupil there — Kelly’s last 4 years as head coach — the college constructed an infinite new indoor observe facility and completed a four-year, half-billion greenback undertaking that fully revamped the stadium. Within the years earlier than that, they put in turf for the primary time at Kelly’s request in Notre Dame Stadium and, maybe most significantly, allowed Kelly to remain after going 4-8 in 2016 and dropping to Duke at dwelling.

But instead of just talking about LSU’s resources or the appeal of playing in the SEC or wanting a change of pace after a decade or even that $95 million contract, Kelly continues to talk shit — or, at the very least, imply shit about Notre Dame. Let’s take a look at some quotes from the AP piece and another CBS piece from yesterday.

On why he left: “I felt like I did every little thing that I may at Notre Dame they usually felt like they did every little thing they might for me.”

From the place I’m standing, there’s no solution to take this except for Kelly implying that he was the rationale that ND made it to the large video games, and ND was the rationale that he misplaced the large video games. He did every little thing he may till he hit the ceiling that they apparently put over him — an excuse, nothing extra, and one that can fall by way of in a short time if he’s unable to win the large ones at LSU within the coming years.

On LSU’s vitamin heart:We don’t have that. We hand out meals that’s precooked. Did you stroll into the [Guglielmino Athletics Complex at Notre Dame]? There is no such thing as a coaching desk. We carry meals in from the cafeteria. You get a sack lunch.”

Alright, there isn’t a extra “we” between Kelly and Notre Dame. You might have a brand new “we” now — significantly in case you’re going to be shitting on the Irish amenities like that. I imply — a sack lunch? He’s making Notre Dame appear to be they’ve the sources of a middling Division III program. Whereas there’s little doubt that there’s room for enchancment within the athletic amenities at Notre Dame, a incontrovertible fact that AD Jack Swarbrick has acknowledged, this comes throughout as actually excessive and pointless.

On being at LSU: “You’ve acquired gamers that need to be nice.”

I imply, you’ll be able to’t get a lot decrease than blaming the children that you simply recruited and coached in your personal lack of ability to succeed. To make this assertion is to inform the world that it is a new improvement — that the athletes at Notre Dame who made a number of CFP playoff and BCS championship appearances below Kelly didn’t win all of it as a result of they have been one way or the other missing the need for greatness. It’s a comparability between groups that’s fully unfounded and that permits Kelly to shirk any accountability for a scarcity of greatness.

On recruiting: “It begins with the power to recruit inside 3 hours of your campus…”At Notre Dame I used to be in a aircraft for 4 weeks. I’d have to enter each state and pull their finest participant from their flagship highschool. After I went to California, I needed to beat USC or UCLA. After I went to Texas, I needed to beat Texas or A&M. After I went to Florida, I needed to beat Miami.”

Kelly’s recruiting was all the time a degree of competition with Notre Dame followers — completely happy to be getting constant 10-win seasons, you may sort of overlook his lazy recruiting efforts, but it surely’s clearer now than ever as Marcus Freeman will get what looks as if a brand new four- or five-star dedication each week in his first few months of main this system. Kelly didn’t need to put the hassle in, so the convenience of recruiting he hopes to search out in Louisiana will in all probability be an excellent factor. One more shoddy excuse for not successful the large ones, and in addition sort of a revealing assertion that he needs to be someplace the place he doesn’t need to work arduous to earn the commitments of prime recruits.

All I’ve to say at this level is sweet luck to LSU. I’m positive you’ll take pleasure in every little thing being your fault when issues go unsuitable and every little thing being to Kelly’s credit score when issues go proper. Authenticity and the power to just accept accountability can’t be purchased, even for 100 million {dollars}.

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