LSU Pursuit of Brian Kelly: Longtime Notre Dame Coach Targeted As Chaos Coach Search Continues
After appearing to steal Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, LSU pursuing for a long time Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will take over its vacancy, sources told CBS Sports ‘Dennis Dodd’. Kelly has led the Fighting Irish since 2010 and became the most winning coach in the show’s history.
Kelly is 113-40 overall at Notre Dame with two College football Playoff berth and appearance in the 2013 BCS Championship Game. The Irish have a chance to advance to a third playoff this season, although Notre Dame has struggled in the post-season. It lost 30-3 first Clemson in 2018 and next 31-14 Alabama in 2020. In the match against Bama 2013, ND lost 42-14 in one of the heaviest defeats in BCS history.
LSU’s appeal to Kelly is obvious. The Tigers’ three most recent coaches – Nick Saban, Les Miles, Ed Orgeron – were all national champions. Kelly will be able to take her recruiting to the next level and will likely be well compensated for it.
However, Notre Dame has found new life on the recruiting path since Kelly hired Marcus Freeman from Cincinnati as defense coordinator. Fighting Irish has a top recruiting class expected in 2022 for the first time in a decade and will have an even hotter start to 2023.
For Kelly, interest in LSU could simply be an opportunity to spur the Notre Dame administration to commit to upgrading the facility, spending more money on hiring staff and/or renewing his contract. .
When asked last week if he was interested in other jobs, Kelly strongly declined.
“I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin has the best lines, right?” Unless that fairy godmother comes along with that $250 million check, my wife will want to see it first. I have to run it by her,” Kelly said.
LSU contacted Kelly early in its process with Kelly turning down the Tigers, according to The Athletic, first reported LSU targeted Kelly on Monday.
With Riley off the board and Texas A&M Coach Jimbo Fisher has once again turned down an interest in LSU, athletic director Scott Woodward is turning to his next big-name target. Woodward is famous for his swings. He’s the coach that brought Chris Petersen to Washington and Fisher to Texas A&M. However, with Riley choosing USC on LSU, the options are dwindling.
LSU fired Orgeron after 5 years and a 51-20 record. He led the show to a perfect 15-0 season and national championship in 2019 but went 11-11 in his last two seasons. Payment procedures Dodd’s 2.0 list of LSU coaching candidates as the search for the Tigers continues.
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