This Matt Hayes puff piece on Brian Kelly has to be read to be believed. Somehow Kelly tries to present himself as the Dude In Charge…
Before we go further, let’s make something clear: Brian Kelly is not pulling back. He’s not making change for the sake of it, not handing over the keys to the sleek machine and becoming more of a CEO coach. And he sure as hell isn’t sitting around while someone else tweaks it.
He built the damn car, people.
“I know what it looks like. I know what a team needs,” Kelly says without a hint of hesitation. “I know what has to happen. There’s no panic here.”
… while simultaneously claiming this as a reason last season went down the tubes.
“I was the absent professor,” Kelly says. “I wasn’t paying attention to the details that we needed. There were internal issues that—if a guy is on it, and he’s doing his job as the head coach, he would’ve seen those things early. My flawed philosophy was, We’re going to score points early while we’re figuring it out on the other side with a young defense. Well, that didn’t happen. We gave up way too many points early, we lost three games, and now we’re in trouble.”
Yeah, blame those assistant coaches.
If you’re a Georgia fan, you’ll love this excuse.
After its coach had to spend too much time, he now reveals to Bleacher Report, fundraising for a football-only facility and not enough making sure he had a firm grasp of his team’s physical and mental focus.
Think about that: The head coach at Notre Dame—which at one point was paying two coaches to not coach (Tyrone Willingham, Charlie Weis) while paying Kelly—was fundraising for a facility during the season.
When asked how that impacted 2016, Kelly says bluntly, “It f–ked up last year’s team.”
Maybe Mark Richt should have tried that.
Man, I hope Georgia pounds these guys. I hope Kelly’s face gets so red during the game, I can see it from the nosebleed seats.