Why is Brian Kelly leaving Notre-Dame? LSU reportedly hired Fighting Irish coach from SEC
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The name of current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has been thrown in the hat to take over as LSU coach next fall, sources told The Athletic.
News broke Monday night after sources claimed LSU was making an “aggressive push” to hire Kelly. LSU fired former coach Ed Orgeron in October. He will not be a coach in the Tigers bowl game.
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Kelly, meanwhile, became Notre Dame’s most successful coach in history this season. Kelly has been coaching at Notre Dame since 2010, and he has two college football playoff appearances, and could add another this year (if he stays for the remainder of the season).
LSU’s three previous coaches, Orgeron, Les Miles and Nick Saban, have all won national titles for the school. The stakes are therefore high. Kelly did not win a national title at Notre Dame.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Kelly’s reported jump from Notre Dame to LSU:
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Why is Brian Kelly leaving for LSU?
Kelly’s reported move from Notre Dame to LSU has to do with one thing: a challenge for a national championship. More specifically, it is about improving recruitment. This may seem counterintuitive given that Kelly has seven out of 10 or more wins with the Fighting Irish, five of them in a row. They have also appeared in the college football qualifiers twice, in 2018 and 20 and before that they were in the 2013 BCS Championship game.
But the Fighting Irish have been roughed up in each of those appearances, losing to Alabama (2012 and 2020) and Clemson (2018) by a combined score of 103-31 – an average of 24 points per game. They haven’t won the equivalent of a New Year’s Day bowl game since a 24-21 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas A&M on Jan. 1, 1994.
Additionally, Kelly is 1-8 against top 10 opponents since joining Notre Dame in 2010, and 3-10 against top 10 opponents.
At LSU, Kelly would have access to Louisiana’s rich recruiting grounds, which annually produce some of the country’s top talent. Kelly is no stranger to recruiting, having produced a Top 20 class in every season since taking over at Notre Dame in 2010. But, during that time, LSU has had a better class than him in all but two years.
It may be more difficult for Kelly in the SEC – where he will have to play in Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Oklahoma and Texas among others – but with the expansion of the college football playoffs, that leaves open the possibility that Kelly will be able to bring LSU into a 12-team playoff more often than not.
Kelly contacted the Notre Dame team on Monday evening after the latest news. Here is the full message:
Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame record
Kelly became Notre Dame’s most victorious coach in history after securing his 106th victory on September 25, surpassing Knute Rockne’s record of 105 victories. His overall record at Notre Dame is 113-40.
Notre Dame finished the 2021 regular season with an 11-1 record. This is his seventh season with 10 or more wins.
|Year||Save||Final rank (PA)||Bowl result|
|2010||8-5||–||Sun bowl (winner)|
|2011||8-5||–||Champs Sports Bowl (loss)|
|2012||12-1||4||BCS Championship (loss)|
|2013||9-4||20||Pinstripe bowl (winner)|
|2014||8-5||–||Music City Bowl (winner)|
|2015||10-3||11||Fiesta Bowl (loss)|
|2017||10-3||11||Citrus bowl (winner)|
|2018||12-1||5||Cotton bowl (waste)|
|2019||11-2||12||Camping World Bowl (winner)|
|2020||10-2||5||Rose Bowl Semi-Final (Loss)|
|2021||11-1||5 (current)||To be determined|
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Brian Kelly contract details
athleticism reported that LSU was offering Kelly a 10-year contract worth around $ 100 million, and including incentives. CBS Sports reported that Kelly’s contract will be around $ 15 million per year, which means her full contract is worth $ 115 million. The exact amount remains to be determined.
Kelly signed an extension to his contract in 2020, according to Sports Illustrated, which is currently set at $ 2.67 million per year. Since Notre Dame is a private school, the details of its contract are not being made public. With overtime, he is expected to coach at Notre Dame until the 2024 season, marking his 15th season in South Bend, Indiana. He will be 63 when his contract expires.
Kelly doesn’t earn as much as her college football coaches (for example, Saban makes about $ 9.7 million per season in Alabama). Seven coaches earn over $ 7 million, 21 earn at least $ 5 million, and 37 others earn around $ 4 million. The 50 highest paid coaches earn at least $ 3 million. So, assuming the details of Kelly’s current contract are accurate, this list is hardly missing.
Who replaces Kelly at Notre Dame?
Notre Dame is able to hire some of the best active – and inactive – coaches in college football, if Kelly leaves the program. Chief among them is current Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who led the Bearcats to a 47-14 record in five seasons, including three seasons of at least 11 wins in 2018, ’19 and ’21. . If he succeeded Kelly, he would become the second coach to leave the program for Notre Dame (the first being Kelly).
Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars is another potential coach. Devout Catholic Meyer – who coached the program’s receivers from 1996-2000 before taking his first head coaching job at Bowling Green – described the opening as his “dream job.” He is currently 2-9 and is in last place in the AFC South in his first year as an NFL coach.
Zac Al-Khateeb contributed to this report.
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