In a multi-million dollar move, Brian Kelly, Notre Dame head coach will jump ship to head the Louisiana State University Tigers. The reported move left the college football world shocked.
In a grandiose news conference, the athletic director of USC said that they were out to change the landscape of the game by introducing Lincoln Riley as its head coach.
But the announcement was one-upped stunningly when LSU announced that it was bringing in Brian Kelly at the expense of Notre Dame.
Brian Kelly Made His Decision To Dump Notre Dame
Coaching jobs change frequently and schools are desperate at this period of the year. but Brian Kelly’s decision to dump Notre Dame will rankle as one of the lows of college football. A critical point has been crossed, plunging football down a treacherous path.
Any talk of this being an amateur sport ends when a multi-million-dollar coach dumps his player on the cusp of history. The purity of College Football Playoffs is in question when high-profile coaches like Brian Kelly high-tail it without caring how his team is faring.
A couple of days ago, following Notre Dame’s 11-1 victory over Stanford, Brian Kelly had said that his team was among the best 4 in the fray without a doubt, and they were ready to back it.
The formidable Fighting Irish are likely to be taken at No. 5 – 6 and getting in shouldn’t be much of an issue for the Notre Dame team.
College football has to take this issue head-on before the playoffs are expanded to a dozen teams. That would lead to a situation when 20 teams remain in the fray with the coaching season at its peak.
It doesn’t make sense to spend millions on a segment where the big names in coaching are after bill contracts and don’t care about helping the amateurs make it to the books of history.
Brian Kelly’s exit lacks guts and class for making his exit even before the Notre Dame kids get a chance to realize whether they make it to the national championship. And in between, Brian Kelly will be considered a mercenary and a snake.