Brian Kelly: ‘I want to beat Nick Saban’

Guess who’s speaking again?

We get it. You want to move on from [autotag]Brian Kelly[/autotag]. He did what he felt he needed to do, so why should we even bother discussing him anymore? Well, just humor us for a moment.

You see, Brian Kelly now coaches in the SEC, which means more opportunities to play Nick Saban and Alabama. He only could do that at Notre Dame when a national championship or a spot in the national championship was on the line. That happened twice, and it never went well for the Irish. Kelly said during a podcast interview with former Irish safety [autotag]Shaun Crawford[/autotag] that the opportunity to play Saban factored into his decision:

“I want to beat Nick Saban. Who doesn’t want to beat Nick Saban, you know what I mean? I want to play him in the regular season. I mean, that’s the standard, right? Now, he’s a conference opponent.”

Kelly also offered this on the differences between the Irish and LSU as far as national title chances:

Matt Fortuna: Only national title will justify Kelly leaving Notre Dame

Will Kelly win a national title in Louisiana?

With college football teams conducting spring practices, Brian Kelly departing Notre Dame for LSU is back at the forefront. Kelly has said the Tigers have better resources and facilities for winning a national championship than the Irish. Matt Fortuna of The Athletic says that’s the only way Kelly’s decision will be validated. In an editorial available only to subscribers, Fortuna makes it clear that now is the time for Kelly to put up or shut up.

In fact, how both LSU and Notre Dame look depends on Kelly’s success or failure to put the Tigers over the top. Fortuna says so in his lead:

“Here’s the thing about Brian Kelly, LSU and Notre Dame: Kelly needs to win a national title at the former to validate his decision to leave the latter. And the latter needs him to not to do that in order to validate its own approach to doing business.

Plain and simple.”

In the long history of college football, there surely have been rivalries between programs that haven’t even played each other. The Tigers are not a future Irish opponent, so this would qualify under that umbrella. Depending on what Kelly does in Baton Rogue, this could be an intense such rivalry. Fans on both sides will be wringing their hands in anticipation.

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Brian Kelly explains reasons for leaving Notre Dame

You cool with these explanations or nah?

Enough time has passed that we’ve seen the worst of the flak Brian Kelly took over leaving Notre Dame for LSU, at least theoretically. For the past few months, we never got a detailed answer as to why Kelly departed South Bend for the Bayou State. Now, Kelly is spilling the beans in a story from The Associated Press. It might not satisfy everybody or even anybody, but at least we have something now.

Kelly lays out a few reasons for his decision and also lauds the Tigers’ apparently superior cafeteria:

“It’s been awesome because you’ve got incredible facilities, you’ve got players that want to be great. I want to be in an environment where I have the resources to win a national championship. And I came down here because I want to be in the American League East.”

As for leaving Notre Dame, he had this to say:

“I felt like I did everything that I could at Notre Dame and they felt like they did everything they could for me. I felt like we had both got to a point where this is what they could do, right? This is what I did. And we couldn’t get past that. OK? And so here we are.”

Here’s a more general answer:

“I felt like that what I was looking for was student-athlete centered. And I was pushing for more for the student-athlete. And I wanted to see that piece. And we didn’t seem to be on the same path as to how that was going to get accomplished.”

So there it is. Is that going to make Irish fans more understanding? Probably not. Still, you have to give him credit for breaking his silence, even if he surely knows it won’t help his standing with his former employer.

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Lane Kiffin rightfully roasts Brian Kelly

Oh how things have changed in a decade…

If it wasn’t obvious before it certainly is now: Brian Kelly and the LSU administration believe that any publicity is good publicity in terms of him on the recruiting trail.

Kelly wasn’t above getting a little bit out of his comfort zone at Notre Dame as there are plenty of awkward photos and videos of him in blue and gold, but it was nothing compared to whatever he’s doing now.

Previously it was his sudden southern accent that swept the nation before his dance moves took center stage.

Friday night saw the committed tight end Danny White, Jr. release a video that instantly made the rounds on Twitter thanks to Kelly again looking like a fool.

This time one of his new SEC rivals didn’t let slide however as Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin roasted Kelly on Twitter.

Back in 2010 if you told me I’d be pulling for Lane Kiffin in a meeting with Brian Kelly I would have looked at you like you had three heads but here we are.

For whatever it’s worth, the video had over 2.1 million views on Twitter just four hours after it was originally posted.

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Watch: Brian Kelly appears in cringey LSU commitment video

What is he doing now?

I’m sure Danny Lewis Jr. will have a fine career at LSU. If nothing else, he will emerge as a better person for the lessons college football will teach him. For his own sake, that better be the case because if he flames out, this commitment video with Brian Kelly will be all he’s known for:

If it wasn’t completely obvious by now, and it most definitely was, LSU Kelly is nothing like Notre Dame Kelly. First, he suddenly decides to talk like he’s spent his entire life in the southern part of the country. Now, he decides he’s cool enough to act like an experienced TikTok personality who’s on the same level as the generation that eats up the content on that platform like a Thanksgiving turkey.

What exactly changed about Kelly after he changed jobs? Was Notre Dame too stuffy of an institution for him to put on this persona? Is LSU the right amount of hip for him? All I know is Kelly and Geaux Tigers Nation deserve each other.

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Watch: Brian Kelly’s latest cringe-worthy video


Brian Kelly wasted no time turning into an internet sensation after taking the LSU job.  Just two days after agreeing to terms with Louisiana State University his accent had already changed by the time he addressed fans at a home basketball game.

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It has nothing to do with his voice but Brian Kelly is again making plenty cringe with his latest viral sensation.

Walker Howard, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in the 2022 recruiting class and a player Notre Dame pursued, reaffirmed his commitment to LSU Sunday night ahead of the early signing period.  He posted the video on Twitter with him and Brian Kelly and all I can say is make sure you watch it with your sound turned up.

Perhaps the worst thing about all of this is that I’ll never be able to hear Garth Brooks’s “Callin’ Baton Rouge” the same ever again after all of this and that stings because that song kicks.

Meanwhile Brian Kelly’s rivalry with being normal continues.



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Whether it’s picking a college, finding a date to prom, or finding something to do on a Friday night, it’s always good to have a backup plan. Sometimes that backup plan turns out to be Brian Kelly.

As much as LSU has trotted out Brian Kelly and made it seem like he was their dream hire for the past week it seems to be that Kelly was wasn’t the first choice.

Rumors with LSU and Lincoln Riley ran rampant, so much in fact that Oklahoma State trolled their in-state rival Sooners during their rivalry game by blaring “Callin’ Baton Rouge” at Oklahoma’s former head coach.

As it turns out there was someone else besides Riley that LSU wanted more than Kelly.

According to longtime college football reporter Brett McMurphy, LSU offered Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher an eight-year deal worth $125 million ($13 million per year).  It just so happens that LSU was hosted Texas A&M on Thanksgiving weekend, two days before reports surfaced of Kelly accepting the job.

For comparison, Kelly wound up accepting a 10-year deal from LSU worth $95 million but that has plenty of incentives that in all likelihood will push it significantly north of $100 million.

Not bad money if you can get it, even if you were a backup plan.


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See It: Brian Kelly arrives in Baton Rouge

“Stop. Don’t. Comeback.” – Willy Wonka

After meeting with who used to be his players at 7:00 a.m. ET for somewhere between two and 11 minutes, former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly sped away from campus and prepared for his journey to LSU.

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If you’re interested in seeing any of Kelly’s trip from South Bend to Baton Rouge the LSU Football Twitter account has posted a variety of different pictures and we tried our best to provide a few captions to those the best way we saw fit below:

What Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick said about Brian Kelly departure

Notre Dame athletic director says he isn’t surprised by Kelly’s departure and shares more details to sudden coaching search

Notre Dame is on the search for a new head football coach after Brian Kelly shocked the college football world and left for LSU.  LSU made the news official early Tuesday and will introduce Kelly on Wednesday afternoon.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick addressed the news on Tuesday morning during a press conference on Notre Dame’s campus.  Here are the most significant things that Swarbrick had to say:

Brian Kelly trying to bring Marcus Freeman to LSU

What do you do if you’re Jack Swarbrick?

Brian Kelly’s plane to Baton Rouge doesn’t land until Tuesday afternoon but he’s already trying to take a very key piece of Notre Dame’s football program with him to LSU.

Defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, who plenty of players and fans alike want to be the next Notre Dame head coach, seems to be main priority for Kelly to take with him to LSU according to Pete Sampson of The Athletic.  Sampson was part of The Athletic report on Monday night that originally linked Kelly to LSU and on Tuesday morning Sampson shared the following on Twitter:

This is not at all surprising as Freeman appears to be a star in the making both in-game and as a recruiter.

Does this expedite Jack Swarbrick’s plan in hiring the next head coach?

Does it make Freeman more likely to be that hire?

Jack Swarbrick is a smart guy and had to have seen this coming from Kelly as soon as he knew he was leaving.

What I think this means is that we’ll know very soon if Freeman is a legitimate candidate for the head coach position or not and the only hire that I could possibly imagine him staying at Notre Dame with is if it were his old boss Luke Fickell from Cincinnati.

The pursuit of Freeman is hardly surprising but how Swarbrick and Notre Dame respond will have a massive impact on the future of the football program.


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