Brian Kelly informs Notre Dame players via group text that he's leaving for LSU

A huge shake-up in the college football coaching landscape came on Monday night with news that Brian Kelly is leaving Notre Dame to become the head coach at LSU.

Brian Kelly informs Notre Dame players via group text that he’s leaving for LSU
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The news reportedly came as a complete shock to people around the Notre Dame program, and Kelly “ghosted everyone at Notre Dame” as the news broke.

To say that Notre Dame coaches, admins and boosters I have spoken with in the last 15 minutes have been blindsided is an understatement. An absolutely shocking development in South Bend. https://t.co/Lnwk06Eqfu

— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 30, 2021

This is usually how these things go, but Brian Kelly has ghosted everyone at Notre Dame. Just spoke to one assistant who saw reports on his phone tonight as he was exiting a recruit’s home: “The news broke when I walked out of the house, so I look like a f—– a–hole.”

— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 30, 2021

Well, a couple hours later, Kelly finally informed Notre Dame players that he’s indeed leaving the program. And rather than meet face to face with the players to announce the news, Kelly went the text message route.

Now, Kelly did say that he didn’t intend for the players to have to find out via reports and his text, and he told them that there will be a team meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning in which he will discuss this in person.

Just now Brian Kelly messaged Notre Dame’s roster in Team Works that “I will be leaving Notre Dame.”

The plan is for Kelly to meet with the team tomorrow at 7 a.m.

Here is the full message pic.twitter.com/sqAl2txZIy

— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 30, 2021

“Men…Let me first apologize for the late night text and, more importantly, for not being able to share the news with you in person that I will be leaving Notre Dame. I am flying back to South Bend tonight to be able to meet with you in the morning but the news broke late today and I am sorry you found out through social media or news reports. I will have more to share when we meet tomorrow at 7 a.m. but for now, just know that my love for you is limitless and I am so proud of all that you have accomplished. Our program is elite because of your hard work and commitment and I know that will continue. I will share more in the morning when we meet. Again, my sincere apologies for not being able to be the one to share the news directly with you. Coach Kelly”

Here’s a sampling of the reaction to Kelly’s text:

Can one of the players please just reply “unsubscribe” https://t.co/fadTNBdwl2

— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) November 30, 2021

me, a notre dame player, getting this text from brian kelly calling a 7am team meeting https://t.co/rGbCE7is3i pic.twitter.com/aQDHpS5WQW

— the smoking musket (@smokingmusket) November 30, 2021

I’m going to use “my love for you is limitless” in my next breakup text. Thank you Brian Kelly https://t.co/N8lByLF4UQ

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 30, 2021

The Notre Dame team when they got Brian Kelly’s text. pic.twitter.com/2rgtmvNNri

— Jessica Benson (@jessbensontv) November 30, 2021

Brian Kelly After Hit Send On That Text…………. https://t.co/8wLneCXtSO pic.twitter.com/IIm3A4ghCp

— JESSE (With No “i”) (@Mr4thAndLong) November 30, 2021

Brian Kelly sent his players a breakup texts lol

— Stephen Means (@Stephen_Means) November 30, 2021

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