Sport Brian Kelly claimed he would never leave Notre Dame a week before leaving for LSU
Leftovers & Links: Lack of Playoff worry has Notre Dame in position to worry about the Playoff
Notre Dame hasn't worried about the College Football Playoff, and that gave the Irish some freedom to find ways to ascend, and perhaps become a Playoff contender.So Notre Dame focused on what was ahead of it, the chance at a fifth straight season with double-digit wins.
When Brian Kelly was asked on Nov. 22 whether he would ever leave Notre Dame for another school, he claimed he wouldn't.
Indeed, Kelly went so far as toin saying why he wouldn't leave Notre Dame for anything short of a "fairy godmother" coming by with a $250 million check — at which point he may ask his wife.
Brian Kelly asked if he'd ever leave Notre Dame, aside from retirement: “No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right? Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250M check, my wife would want to take a look at it first. I'd have to run it by her.”— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna)
Notre Dame wrecks Georgia Tech, wins on Senior Day for fifth straight year
No. 8 Notre Dame scored early and often in a rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday, giving the IRish double-digit victories for a fifth straight season.Only a defensive senior found the end zone on the day recognizing the class, a 70-yard fumble return from fifth-year defensive end Myron Tagovialoa-Amosa that both put a bow on the day and underscored how thoroughly No. 8 Notre Dame (10-1) dominated Georgia Tech (3-8).
Ironically enough, Kelly reportedly is headed to LSU to take over the head coach position from Ed Orgeron, just a week after saying he would not leave the Fighting Irish for another program.
The Search Is Over
Brian Kelly has been named the next LSU Football coach!— LSU Football (@LSUfootball)
Kelly originally offered the line when asked if he would leave Notre Dame for the USC position, which was. That was not the first time Kelly had indicated he would finish his career at Notre Dame, as illustrated in this 2020 interview with Brett McMurphy and Matt Hayes:
Last year when I was w/Stadium, & I interviewed Brian Kelly & asked him if he would finish his career at Notre Dame. He said he would. “This is where I want to be,” Kelly said
Report: Florida, Virginia Tech eyeing same head coach candidate
The Florida Gators and Virginia Tech Hokies may be competing with each other for one head coaching candidate. © SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC Louisiana coach Billy Napier is poised to be a hot candidate for bigger schools as the coaching carousel heats up, and that already appears to be the case. Florida is interested in bringing him in to replace Dan Mullen, and is aware of interest from Virginia Tech as well, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. Have heard Florida has genuine interest in Billy Napier and knows that Va. Tech does too.— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy)
Kelly's name has been thrown in the LSU discussions for a while, but there were never any serious talks until Monday.that LSU was "aggressively pushing" for Kelly, and then reported the move would be made official on Tuesday.
Sources: LSU is expecting to hire Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly as the school’s next head coach. An announcement could come as early as tomorrow.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel)
Whether LSU did offer Kelly a $250 million check is unknown, although it is quite possible. Under Kelly's current contract at Notre Dame, he was set to continue coaching up until 2024. His exact contract salary at Notre Dame is unknown since the school is private.
, who sent out the original tweet with Kelly's comment, Notre Dame's coaches, admins and boosters were all shocked by the news. None of them saw it coming, apparently.
Cincinnati HC Luke Fickell reportedly not interested in USC job
Many have viewed Fickell as a natural candidate for USC. While Cincinnati is having an outstanding season and should receive College Football Playoff consideration, there is also the athletic director connection. USC AD Mike Bohn was the AD at Cincinnati when Fickell was hired as head coach there in 2017. USC boosters might be hoping Bohn can convince Fickell to take the job, but it doesn’t sound likely.Fickell is currently focused on stating the case for Cincinnati to be considered one of the four-best teams in the country.
The details of Kelly's move to LSU is still developing. Kelly or LSU have not made official statements yet, and the contract details have not been released.
That said, Matt Fortuna of The Athletic reports the Tigers have offered a contract of 10 years and "north of $100 million" with incentives.
LSU's offer to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is a 10-year deal that will take him north of $100 million with incentives, sources tell— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) and me.
Former Oklahoma players endorse Clemson DC Brent Venables for new HC .
The abrupt departure of Lincoln Riley has left Oklahoma searching for a new head coach. For several Oklahoma alumni, the choice is an obvious one. © Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports In the hours after Riley left for USC, there was a groundswell of support from ex-players for the Sooners to make a run at Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Venables has long been a highly-respected assistant coach, and served as Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2011.