College football’s head coaching carousel is in full swing.
Brian Kelly, who has been Notre Dame’s head football coach for the last 12 years, is expected to take over the head coaching job at LSU, according to Yahoo Sports.
The move comes just days after Lincoln Riley, who coached Oklahoma for the past five years — including three trips to the College Football Playoff and four Big 12 titles – bolted to take USC’s head coach opening.
Ed Orgeron, who led the Tigers to the 2019 national championship, agreed to a separation deal with LSU in October, but finished the season in charge with a win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
Kelly’s Fighting Irish finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and are currently No. 6 in both the College Football Playoff and AP rankings. Notre Dame could be invited to the CFP if conference title games go in its favor. Because Notre Dame is an independent program, the Irish will not play a conference championship game.
Brian Kelly is leaving Notre Dame for the LSU opening.
Kelly recorded a 113-40 record over his 12 seasons in South Bend and a 5-5 record in bowl games, including a 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game and a 31-14 loss to Alabama in the 2021 Rose Bowl.
When asked if he’d consider leaving Notre Dame recently, Kelly re-upped his allegiance to the Fighting Irish.
“No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right? Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250 million check, my wife would want to take a look at it first,” Kelly told reporters. “I’d have to run it by her.”
It appears LSU played the role of fairy godmother.Internet Explorer Channel Network