When Brian Kelly was asked last Monday whether he would ever leave Notre Dame for another school, he claimed he wouldn’t.
“No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right?” Kelly said, via The Athletic. “Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250 million check, my wife would want to take a look at it first. I’d have to run it by her.”
Brian Kelly asked if he’d ever leave Notre Dame, aside from retirement: “No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right? Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250M check, my wife would want to take a look at it first. I’d have to run it by her.”
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 22, 2021
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Ironically enough, one week later Kelly reportedly is headed to LSU to take over the head coach position after Ed Orgeron leaves. So much for sticking to his word.
Kelly originally offered this line when he was asked if he would leave Notre Dame for the USC position, which was filled by Lincoln Riley on Sunday.
Kelly’s name has been thrown in the LSU discussions for a while, but there were never any serious talks until Monday. The Athletic first reported that LSU was “aggressively pushing” for Kelly, and then Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports reported that the move would be made official on Tuesday.
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Sources: LSU is expecting to hire Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly as the school’s next head coach. An announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 30, 2021
Whether LSU did offer Kelly a $250 million check is unknown, although it is quite possible. Under Kelly’s current contract at Notre Dame, he was set to continue coaching up until 2024. His exact contract salary at Notre Dame is unknown since the school is private.
According to Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, who sent out the original tweet with Kelly’s comment, Notre Dame’s coaches, admins and boosters were all shocked by the news. None of them saw it coming, apparently.
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The details of Kelly’s move to LSU is still developing. Kelly or LSU have not made official statements yet, and the contract details have not been released.