Brian Kelly has done a number of recent interviews discussing his groundbreaking move from Notre Dame to LSU.
He admired the power of the Tigers. Discussed Irish restrictions. He defended his time taking the job by leaving the ND while the team was still battling the playoffs. He even tried to explain his pronunciation of “FAM-u-lee”.
He told Sports Illustrated that he always said that, which he really could not stand. But whatever it is. It’s not important. Of all the Kelly և LSU consolidation issues that need to be addressed to fight for a national title, the so-called cultural relevance will be the least of the consequences.
First, everything he thinks about in college football wins. If Kelly takes the tigers to a national title, or at least returns to a serious fight, Kelly will be welcomed across the state.
If he does not, he will not do it.
It does not matter if the crab is at home or not.
LSU finally fired one of Louisiana’s most unique coaches of all time, Ed Orgeron, just 19 months after winning the national title as the program slipped by. No lasting charm, no heavy throat accent, no tears to understand what the program means to the fans can save her.
“Everyone says. “Ah, this’s going to be this white guy from the Middle East, he’s going to be crazy,” Kelly told SI. “The food has a little more spice, maybe a little more spice than I was used to, but it was not really an adjustment that I felt was really out of my comfort zone.”
The man is in Baton Rouge to train, not to cook.
And Brian Kelly can train.
Is it enough to become the fourth LSU coach to win a national title since 2003, joining Nick Saban and Les Miles և coach O? This is the subject of a recent edition of the College Football Inquirer.
Kelly can. If nothing else, he has proven to be a much better coach, ղեկավար program manager, than Miles or Orgeron. Saban, who rebuilt the program, is, of course, another level.
Kelly has won two national championships in the Second Division of Grand Valley, Michigan, and won the Central American Conference in Central Michigan, winning 34-6 in Cincinnati, including a 12-0 season. You do not do all this by chance, luck or just to get some talent.
In Notre Dame, he is the most successful coach in the history of the program. They were not competitive at that level, but there were not many programs that were competitive against Alabama և Clemson.
Kelly is not known as an ace collector or charismatic person in almost any environment. He was good enough to improve Notre Dame’s talent, which went from being hailed as nothing more than a hip to a top-10 program.
Kelly is counting on LSU’s institutional strength to overcome this. Although she arrived a few days before the early signing period last December, Kelly signed two Rivals.com five-star recruits into the 2022 Classroom. That’s as much as the last five lessons of Our Lady of the Temple collection.
In the 2023 class, 11 of the top 100 Rivals.com recruits are from Louisiana. That’s roughly the same for the course.
For many years, LSU has been going to acquire most of these guys. Maybe everyone. Kelly even focuses on working in the northern part of the state, where large stripes are prone to hail but less tied to tigers to protect against rare weaknesses.
He then said that if necessary, they would focus on Houston, East Texas, Atlanta, Florida, and some national recruits (where Kelly has a lot of contacts). LSU always has talent. Kelly will get the item.
Any recruit who chooses college based on the head coach’s gambo recipe (or lack thereof for the Massachusetts native) is probably not worth it. It is not that Saban is known as charming, he is the best prospect of sliding the state border.
This is a business deal. It’s always a business deal. LSU did not hesitate to fire a coach who was perfectly fit to charge almost $ 100 million on a slightly awkward guy who just wins games.
So Brian Kelly will have to win games. If he succeeds, he will be loved. If not, he will be fired, just like Orgeron and Miles.
Nothing else matters. After all, this is college football.