The Brian Kelly-Notre Dame breakup gets even more messy

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We’ve got a new rivalry on hand – tensions have been brewing throughout the low season between LSU and Notre Dame, and it escalated this week when former Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron was photographed observing a spring training session in South Bend.

Orgeron, who apparently spent time in Indiana with his two sons, told the team, “What a great coach and coaching staff you have. Some of the best players in the country are right here in this group. I do not know when that will happen, but with this staff, this team, you will win it all. ”

Orgeron had tried to recruit ND head coach Marcus Freeman to LSU as defensive coordinator before the 2021 season – Freeman ended up as DC in Notre Dame, where he was promoted to HC within a year, and Orgeron was fired from LSU with a smart buyout of $ 17 million. Coach O himself said it best – “it looks like he made the right decision for me.”

Coached by Freeman since the fateful week when Brian Kelly abruptly left his 12-year-old concert to take over for Orgeron at LSU, Notre Dame has remained the subject of much of Kelly’s attention (see this piece from last week for the bloody details). By constantly shitting on the administration, the facilities and even the student-athletes, Kelly has dissolved every good faith that stood between the Notre Dame fan base and their most winning coach of all time.

After a couple of fun and bizarre choices in Kelly’s first few months at LSU, including bad dancing with recruits for promo videos and adopting a crazy accent less than a week after her stay in the South, Kelly has put on a friendly, relaxed face. interviews, but after experiencing his version of “authenticity”, I have a hard time swallowing the action.

Orgeron’s presence and statements in South Bend can certainly not be overlooked as some coincidence, and the passive-aggressive relationship between a Kelly-trained LSU and Notre Dame is about to reach the top on social media. After Kelly’s comments last week, which were largely due to ND’s alleged lack of resources on his inability to win big matches, the ND Football Twitter account posted photos from a training session accompanied by the caption, “no apologies here.” Plus, we can not forget Orgeron’s emphasis on winning it all “with this coaching staff” in his speech to the team.

So yesterday, special teams coordinator Brian Polian, one of the few coaches who left their same position in Notre Dame to accompany Kelly to LSU, tweeted, “We are incredibly lucky to have the Performance Nutrition Center for our student-athletes – a of the finest facilities in the country! ”

Harmless without context, we can safely assume that Polian refers to Kelly’s interview from last week, where he went into detail about how Notre Dame’s cafeteria for athletes was not level by his standards and how much better LSU’s performance nutrition center was. , as part of a bizarre implication that Kelly had failed to win a championship because football players ate ready-made meals instead of having a personal chef.

And SO, just to demonstrate how excessive this Dabo-style aw-shucks routine Kelly’s attempt to grab really is, several screenshots of an Instagram story on Kelly’s official account were posted on Twitter yesterday. posted and then quickly deleted – but not fast enough.

The story was a screenshot of a tweet that reads: “everyone connected to sources in the current program VED [AD Jack Swarbrick] retires in 2 years with President Jenkins … Jack wanted to please the people, so he did not look for a coach and hired Marcus, hoping he made the right choice, but I doubt it. ”

Yep, that’s right – a tweet from an unknown source with a Pepe the Frog profile picture and a single like, suggesting that not only the president and sporting director of a major university are planning a joint retirement in two years, but that Kelly’s successor – a man he himself employed and publicly has spoken positively about since employment – was the wrong choice for the job.

The tweet was sent from an account created about a month after Kelly’s departure from ND. Since the Instagram story, all of the account’s tweets have been deleted except one it reads “high school coaches know freeman has been on rocking ground since day 1. they tell their kids to find a more stable landing site.” Among the 17 stories that the poster follows are Polian, Kelly herself and Kelly’s three children.

Since it is only a screenshot, of course, there is always a chance that it was a Photoshop job – and of course there’s always another chance he was hacked, or a social media intern posted it by accident, or a series of situations where Kelly did not even post this tweet. But to be honest, with the way things have been between him and his former employers, it would not be a shock that he got saved something like this, or, as some hypotheses, if this is actually Kelly’s own Twitter account. . The rumor of retirement, if true, would be a huge shock to the Notre Dame community and fan base, as neither Jenkins nor Swarbrick have even come close to suggesting that their leadership will be about to end at some point in the near future. future.

At this point, I just hope that a home-and-home series is planned between the schools over the next five years. If it continues like this, there will be so much enmity between the teams that it will definitely become a thriller.

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