Turns out, letting his team find out he was leaving via social media in the dead of night then giving a two-minute explanation at 7 a.m. the next morning isn’t the worst thing Brian Kelly has ever done.
While the now former Notre Dame head coach was coaching at Central Michigan, Kelly once invited Jets coach Robert Saleh and Packers coach Matt LaFleur — employed as grad assistants for the Chippewas in 2004 — to a party at his home. But, according to a 2019 ESPN profile of LaFleur, it was to work.
The GAs were made to shovel snow from Kelly’s driveway, park cars and bring them back around when guests were leaving.
“We decided that when we’re in that position, we’re never going to treat people the way we got treated,” Saleh told ESPN.
Football isn’t a profession where you often see people tell negative stories about their colleagues on the record. That Saleh was willing to put his name to the anecdote says something about Kelly.
The newly minted LSU coach has left other jobs — Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State — with similarly little warning. He’s come under fire on Tuesday for abandoning his team right before it might make the College Football Playoff.
Depending on the results of conference championship games this weekend, the Irish will likely either barely get into the CFP or play in a New Year’s Six bowl. But it’s clear Kelly thinks his chances of winning a national title are better at LSU.
“The expectation for me was to be a legitimate contender for championships,” Kelly said in an introductory video tweeted by LSU Tuesday morning.