LSU hires Kelly away from Notre Dame to be the Tigers’ next coach

LSU hires Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, a fantastic move from one of the most talented coaches in …

LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, a fantastic move by one of the most talented coaches in college football, jumping from the sport’s most famous program to a powerhouse at the Southeastern Conference.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Monday night that Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because none of the schools were prepared to make an official announcement. Yahoo! Sports first reported the move.

It was the second bomb in college football in as many days that came just over 24 hours after Southern California lured Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma. LSU could have topped it by landing Kelly.

The 60-year-old Kelly became the winning coach in Notre Dame’s history earlier in the season, surpassing Knute Rockne. In 12 seasons of Fighting Irish, Kelly is 113-40, including the current series of five equal double-digit winning seasons.

Notre Dame have just finished an 11-1 season on Saturday and are still battling to reach the College Football Playoff for the third time in the last four years.

LSU’s coach search started in October, when an agreement was reached to part ways with coach Ed Orgeron at the end of the season. The change came less than two years after Coach O led the Tigers to a national championship.

The Tigers finished a 6-6 season last Saturday, disrupting Texas A&M at home in Orgeron’s final game.

Riley was one of the hottest items in college football through five years, leading the Sooners to three playoff appearances. He was introduced at about the same time as the news of the LSU appointment began to circulate.

Kelly agrees to take over the Tigers just a few weeks after he publicly rejected the idea of ​​moving on when asked about possibly being a candidate at USC.

“None. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right? Kelly told reporters referring to the Pittsburgh Steelers coach.” Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $ 250 million check, my wife would like look at it first. I’ll have to run it by her. “

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