A former Notre Dame star really didn’t appreciate how Brian Kelly left the show.
Brady Quinn, who played for the Fighting Irish from 2003-06, offered some strong criticism of the new LSU coach in Tuesday’s edition of The show “2 Pros and Cups of Joe” on Fox Sports Radio. Quinn stated that Kelly’s great decision was leave Ireland for the tigers before the end of the 2021 season is all about “money” and “ego.” Kelly signed a 10-year contract with LSU $95 million, plus additional incentives.
“When I say I, [I mean] he looked at LSU and said, ‘I fought them. I know what they can recruit. I know the difference between the restrictions you have or the barriers you have to overcome at Notre Dame versus LSU to get hired. I want to try and win the national championship,” Quinn told co-hosts Jonas Knox and LaVar Arrington. He may feel like he has a better chance there, but ironically, his team could actually play for one this year – and indeed the next two. They currently have two top five recruiting classes.
“So he dropped all of that. I think the way he did it was more about his ego and the feeling of how he was treated could be at Notre-Dame Cathedral sometimes. , or in this case the way he’s been treated, not immediately just someone turning their back and saying, ‘Hey, write a check so you can stay here in South Bend.’ But I think it has more to do with that.”
Quinn also had an issue with Kelly’s exit timing. Reports of his deal with LSU surfaced on social media on Monday night before he sent a short text message to his players about the news. Many assistant coaches were said to have been on the recruitment road at the time. Kelly then spoke to his Notre Dame players on Tuesday morning in less than four minutes and left without any questions.
“At the end of the day, you don’t leave the way he did. I mean, [assistant coaches are] literally hitting the recruiting line, leaving a recruiter’s house after this news broke and there are other coaches on the recruiting trail,” Quinn said. winning coach, unless there’s more to it and you want to try to say no, or you want to try doing this in a smart way. … This is just a guy walking out, and it’s a classless, pointless move. level. “
Kelly will now be tasked with turning around an LSU program that won the national championship under Ed Orgeron in 2019 but has combined 11-11 over the past two seasons and finished last in the SEC West in 2021. Quinn sees the potential for Kelly’s hire to end in disaster if the 60-year-old doesn’t make an immediate impact.
“I would be very curious to see how it works at LSU as their cabinets are a bit empty,” Quinn said. “I know they can recruit. They have a lot of talent in the south, but if he doesn’t win quickly, like in three, four years, we can look back and laugh at this. “