Kelly finds pot of gold, secures $ 95 million deal with LSU – American Press
LSU took newly-hired football head coach Brian Kelly in a private jet to Baton Rouge, where he was greeted by fans, dignitaries and the Tigerland Golden Band on Tuesday after agreeing to a 10-year contract of worth $ 95 million plus incentives.
The hiring of Kelly – who has Notre Dame for the past 12 seasons and has eclipsed Knute Rockne for career wins with the legendary Fighting Irish – came together on Monday night in another successful football training move university.
LSU formalized it Tuesday morning.
“Brian Kelly is the epitome of a winner,” said LSU athletic director Scott Woodward. “He has built and sustained success in every program he has led, from several undefeated regular seasons and National Coach of the Year honors to national titles (Division II) and playoff spots in football. university. His references and his consistency speak for themselves.
Kelly replaces Ed Orgeron, a Louisiana native who won a national title at LSU two seasons ago with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, leading the Tigers to a 15-0 record. Orgeron has gone 11-11 since and agreed to a $ 17 million buyout in October that would cause him to step down at the end of this season.
Orgeron coached his last game on Saturday, when the Tigers upset then No. 14 Texas A&M to end the regular season 6-6.
Like Orgeron, Kelly is 60 years old but the similarities more or less end there. Orgeron is a Cajun raised in the shade of the shrimp trawlers of Bayou Lafourche in southwest New Orleans. He grew up in LSU football and idolized Tigers stars of the past.
Kelly comes from an Irish Catholic family in the Boston area and is far more accustomed to using nut crackers to pluck the flesh of a lobster claw than to suck the seasoned juice from boiled crawfish heads.
But he recruited in Louisiana, where LSU gets much of its elite local talent. In recent history, Louisiana has produced as much NFL talent per capita as any state.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join a program with a commitment to excellence, rich traditions and unparalleled pride and passion for LSU football,” said Kelly. “I am fully committed to recruiting, developing and training elite student-athletes, winning championships and working with our administration to make Louisiana proud.
“Our potential is limitless,” Kelly added. “I can’t wait to call Baton Rouge home.”
Kelly was accompanied by Woodward on his chartered flight to Baton Rouge. As he exited the plane and headed for the tarmac, he waved and greeted the jubilant fans as the LSU Marching Band performed. Kelly’s introductory press conference was scheduled for Wednesday.
Kelly was 113-40 as a head coach at Notre Dame, including a current five-season winning streak in double digits. His overall coaching record is 166-62 over 18 seasons in major college football.
No former Notre Dame coach has left the Irish, winners of eight Associated Press national championships, to work at another school since the AP poll began in 1936. Rockne’s successor, Hunk Anderson, has gone from Notre Dame in North Carolina State after being 3 -5-1 in 1933.
Notre Dame (11-1) remains in contention to reach the CFP for the third time in the past four years.
LSU has paid Orgeron nearly $ 9 million this season, making him one of the highest paid coaches in college football along with Alabama’s Nick Saban, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher and, The Month last, Mel Tucker of Michigan State and James Franklin of Penn State. That list certainly now includes USC’s Lincoln Riley, who bolted Oklahoma over the weekend in the other big coaching move this week.
Orgeron was expected to earn an average of $ 7 million over the span of his six years to 2025. Kelly’s full salary at Notre Dame, a private school, was unknown, but it was estimated to be over $ 5 million per year. .
Although Kelly has no personal connection to the South, neither do two of the last three coaches to win the national title at LSU. Les Miles, who won a title in the 2007 season, was a Michigan man who coached at Oklahoma State before replacing Saban at Baton Rouge. Saban, who won the Bowl Championship Series title in the 2003 season, is a West Virginia native who went to LSU from the state of Michigan.
Kelly’s national titles have arrived at Division II Grand Valley State. From there, he rose through the ranks to central Michigan and then to Cincinnati, consistently winning more than the coaches who came before him.
He did the same at Notre-Dame, but the national championship eluded him. As good as the Fighting Irish are, they haven’t won everything since 1988 and have been outscored in two CFP semi-finals (in the 2018 season against Clemson and two years later against Alabama) and the game. for the BCS title against the Crimson Tide in the 2012 season.
Kelly will see Saban every season in SEC West and try to fill the last hole in his Hall of Fame resume at LSU, a school that has turned its last three coaches into national champions.