Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly apologises for comments on Notre Dame players


You could cut the atmosphere in the Fighting Irish camp with a knife this week. But unfortunately you'd have to dig those knives out of the backs of the players first, courtesy of their loose lipped coach.

After a season that began with sky high hopes and has dissolved into a week-to-week struggle to survive, it probably didn't help that coach Brian Kelly told the press he drew a line between his players and the ones that remain from the Charlie Weis era.

'You can see the players that I recruited here,' Kelly said on Thursday. 'You know who they are. We’ve had one class - that I’ve had my hand on. The other guys here are coming along. But it’s a process. It can’t happen overnight. They’re getting there. We’re making good progress.'

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly taunted by USC and growing critics

Why do Brian Kelly's Notre Dame quarterbacks screw up so much? ---Latest loss against USC down to quarterback errors

Injuries a concern for Notre Dame's Fighting Irish ahead of Midshipmen game

Way to inspire your older players, Kelly. After hearing of it junior linebacker Manti Te’o took to Twitter to announce: 'Playin' for my bros and that’s it!!!'

The tension got so pronounced that a few of the veteran players had a word with Kelly during a team meeting on Friday, according to NBC Sports.  Pressed, Kelly reportedly gave a sincere apology.

It's bizarre behavior because Kelly must know he has to motivate his team. Cohesiveness, more than any other quality, is what the team needs now and Kelly has instead left them divided and shaking their heads at his event behavior.


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: