Brian Kelly is having a tough few days.
After dropping to Florida State 24-23 on Sunday evening in excruciating vogue, Kelly confirmed as much as Tuesday’s press convention hoping to clear the air and maintain the temper gentle. A number of reporters confirmed up late, and Kelly poked at them in his opening assertion. Kelly famous that if any of his gamers had been late then they might pay $10 into the kitty jar as a late tax. What Kelly most likely anticipated had been a number of laughs, perhaps a chuckle. What he didn’t anticipate was this:
Salute to The Advocate’s LSU soccer and baseball beat author, hero and scholar (and Medill alum) Leah Vann for the retort. Vann mentioned that she apologized afterwards and that Kelly was wonderful after, however I feel there’s a bigger subject at play right here with Kelly.
Brian Kelly is making an attempt to be the humorous, personable charisma man at head coach for LSU and it’s merely simply not working. From making an attempt to sound Southern however sounding like Foghorn Leghorn at an LSU basketball sport (with a faux accent by the way in which) to the hilariously awkward dance strikes he did with an LSU recruit, it looks as if Kelly is making an attempt to make himself likable to not solely LSU followers however LSU boosters. The issue with that’s the final coach LSU employed (and promptly fired) was the comedy and charisma man and he received ousted after a poor season final 12 months.
Kelly has by no means been the humorous charisma coach, even when he’s tried it earlier than. Final 12 months Kelly tried to make a quip about late sport execution after the Irish beat (how ironic) Florida State. “Perhaps the complete group ought to be executed,” Kelly mentioned. Clearly the joke fell flat, and he needed to clarify that he was invoking teaching nice John McKay. Kelly is simply not a humorous individual.
If Kelly desires to endear himself to LSU followers and boosters, he can do the factor he did at Notre Dame: win soccer video games. It’s the biggest purpose why Scott Woodward is paying him $100 million over 10 years. Not as a result of Kelly was a “tradition” rent, however as a result of in his time at Notre Dame he solely had one season beneath .500. In a method, Vann was proper. If Kelly wins video games, then individuals will present respect.