Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly backs team’s playoff bid: ‘The players play the game’
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Brian Kelly hit back at the suggestion that the Notre Dame sidelines coach would carry weight when the college football playoff selection committee made a decision on his last four.
Selection committee chairman Gary Barta made the suggestion after the latest Top 4 rankings were released on Tuesday and after Kelly fired Notre Dame for LSU. At the time, Notre Dame had not appointed an interim coach or a new head coach.
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“The committee is aware of all the coaching changes as we go through the rankings. This week that did not apply as the matches had taken place and we evaluated based on those matches,” Barta said. . “Once the championship games are over, our protocol includes the possibility for the committee to consider that a player or a coach is not available. If this has any effect on the outcome of a match, it can be considered. At this point, we’ll have to wait and see how that comes into play. “
Kelly appeared on ESPN’s “College Gameday” on Saturday and hit back at Barta’s claim.
“I’ve never seen coaches play the game before. The players play the game,” Kelly said, via athleticism.
Notre Dame promoted defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach on Friday.
Later in “Gameday,” Barta appeared to change her mind when it came to whether the Notre Dame coach would affect his position in the playoff selection process.
“I would be really surprised if that was factored into the conversation,” he said on Saturday, via WXYZ-TV.
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Notre Dame is ranked No.6 in the latest CFP standings and is 11-1 with its only loss to Cincinnati. The Fighting Irish don’t have a conference championship to play for, so they’ll need a few Top 4 losses on Saturday to improve their standings.
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