Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly Blindsides Players by Abandoning his 11-1 Team Before the Postseason to Take a 10-Year, $95M Deal to Coach LSU

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly has agreed to a reported 10-year, $100 million deal to take over at Louisiana State and will abandon his 11-1 Fighting Irish ahead of a potential College Football Playoff berth or a likely bid to play in a prestigious New Year’s Day bowl game

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly has signed a 10-year deal worth at least $95 million with Louisiana State and will abandon his 11-1 Fighting Irish ahead of a potential College Football Playoff berth or a likely bid to play in a prestigious New Year’s Day bowl game.

It was the second bombshell in college football in as many days, coming a little more than 24 hours after Southern California pulled Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma. LSU might have topped it by luring Kelly from South Bend to Baton Rouge.

It’s also the second time Kelly abandoned his players and recruits before a season was completed. In December of 2009, after telling his University of Cincinnati players he planned to stay at the school, Kelly accepted the Notre Dame job and informed the Bearcats he would not be coaching them in the Sugar Bowl against Florida in January of 2010.

Monday’s move reportedly blindsided Notre Dame players, coaches, and potential recruits.

One assistant told The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna that he was leaving a meeting with a recruit when he learned that Kelly was jumping ship: ‘The news broke when I walked out of the house, so I look like a f***ing a**hole.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alex Raskin