LSU has worked with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to fill its uninhabited position, the school announced Tuesday early morning. Kelly’s contract will be a 10-year, $95 million deal, plus rewards. It is believed the Tigers moved to courting Kelly after whiffing on stealing Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who was instead worked with by USC.Kelly met his group at Notre Dame on Tuesday morning, apparently for just 11 minutes, prior to leaving for LSU. He first notified the Fighting Irish of his decision via a group message Monday night hours after reports appeared that he ‘d accepted the LSU job.”I might not be more excited to join a program with the dedication to quality, abundant traditions, and unparalleled pride and passion of LSU Football,”Kelly said.
“I am totally dedicated to recruiting, developing, and graduating elite student-athletes, winning champions, and working together with our administration to make Louisiana happy. Our potential is unlimited, and I can not wait to call Baton Rouge home.”Kelly has led the Combating Irish given that 2010, becoming the winningest coach in program history this season. He is 113-40 total at Notre Dame with two College Football Playoff berths and an appearance in the 2013 BCS Championship Game. The Irish have a chance to advance to a third playoff this season. Notre Dame has actually struggled in its postseason appearances, however. It lost 30-3 to Clemson in 2018 and 31-14 to Alabama in 2020. Against Bama in 2013, ND lost 42-14 in one of the most squashing losses in BCS history.”Brian Kelly is the epitome of a winner,”LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said. “He has built and sustained success at every program he’s led, from numerous undefeated regular seasons and National Coach of the Year honors to nationwide titles and College Football Playoff berths. His qualifications and consistency speak for themselves.
Most notably, Coach Kelly’s players and programs exemplify excellence in all aspects of the student-athlete experience– in competition, in the classroom, and throughout the neighborhood– and he shares our worths and vision for raising our university and our state. We’re thrilled to invite him and his household to Baton Rouge, and we are excited to work with him as we contribute to the champion legacy of LSU Football. “The draw to LSU for Kelly is apparent. The last 3 Tigers coaches– Nick Saban, Les Miles, Ed Orgeron– have won national championships. Kelly would have the ability to take his recruiting to new heights and most likely be compensated handsomely for it. Nevertheless, Notre Dame found brand-new life on the recruiting path considering that Kelly employed Marcus Freeman from Cincinnati as defensive planner. The Combating Irish have actually a forecasted top-five recruiting class in 2022 for the first time in a years and are off to an even hotter start in 2023. Asked last week whether he would have any interest in other tasks, Kelly provided a strong rejection. Apparently, things have actually altered
.”I indicate, look, I believe Mike Tomlin had the very best line, right?” Unless that fairy godmother comes over with that$250 million check, my partner would want to take a look at it first. I ‘d need to run it by her,”said Kelly. LSU connected to Kelly early in its process with Kelly initially denying the Tigers
, according to The Athletic, which initially reported LSU targeting Kelly on Monday. With Riley off the board and Texas A&M
coach Jimbo Fisher again rejecting interest in LSU, athletic director Scott Woodward moved on to his next prominent target. Woodward is understood for taking swings. He is the coach that brought Chris Petersen to Washington and Fisher to Texas A&M. LSU fired Orgeron after 5 years and a 51-20 record. He led the program to
an ideal 15-0 season and national championship in 2019 however went 11-11 over his final two seasons. Woodward gets his big fish Throughout LSU’s coaching search, Woodward’s tendency to catch big names has been a story– and part of why the job up until Monday was somewhat
of a surprise. Patience worked, however, due to the fact that Woodward handled
to pull it off again. But even when hearing Kelly’s name connected to the search, it came as a surprise. Kelly is among the most constant coaches in the sport. He won at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and he’s absolutely going to win football games at LSU. This is one of the best tasks college football with limitless resources and access to recruiting
terrain. Woodward made a calculated choice that the Tigers do not need to take possibilities. This is the splash hire that people expected from Woodward. The fit is odd at finest Kelly, a Massachusetts local, has actually never coached
in the Southeast. Only 7 of his 27 employees in the class of 2021 came from the South. Only two gamers on Notre Dame’s roster are from the state of Louisiana. Being the head coach at LSU indicates immediately stepping in and completing for those employees, however Kelly is a various kind of coach to state the least. Because his post-national championship game class in
2013, Notre Dame has not fielded a top-five recruiting class. (However, it is worth keeping in mind that Notre Dame’s 2022 Class ranks No. 4 nationally and the 2023 class ranks No.
2, per 247Sports.)The Combating Irish rank a decent No. 12 in the 247Sports Skill composite, however that would rank sixth in the SEC, not counting brand-new entrants Texas and Oklahoma. The SEC is a various animal. Kelly goes from being a ball coach at Notre Dame to needing
to be a vibrant employer at LSU and rapidly make brand-new connections across the south at 60. Yes, LSU recruits itself to some extent. Not to a championship level, though. Chasing after a larger prize Notre Dame has actually reached the College Football
Playoff in 2 of the past three seasons. The Fighting Irish have actually finished top-12 in 4 straight seasons and are well on the way to reaching a fifth. By every sign, Notre Dame is fielding its finest days because Lou Holtz. But for all the success, Notre Dame has stopped working to reach championship-caliber status under Kelly’s watch. Going south to the heartbeat of college football hiring gives Kelly the very best chance possible to remedy that issue. We’ll hopefully find out about what went into Kelly’s decision in the coming days. Let’s be clear: he enters a job where the three previous coaches all won championship games. If he plays his cards right, Kelly can also win what has actually been an evasive ring for him at the greatest level. The training carousel continues to send out shockwaves throughout the college football landscape. The Cover 3 Podcast gives instantaneous reaction