Brian Kelly got a harsh welcome to LSU in his first game with the Tigers. The former Notre Dame head coach lost a heartbreaker to Florida State, 24-23, with the game-tying extra point being blocked by the Seminoles.
He was immediately criticized for his comments after the game, saying, “We can’t play any worse than that; I don’t think. It’s my first game, maybe we can.”
It didn’t instill much confidence in the team moving forward, and they haven’t even entered the SEC portion of the schedule.
Now, Kelly has never been one to win over the media. He often had issues with both fans and reporters at Notre Dame for his stoic personality and dry sense of humor.
That worked in South Bend as he typically had the Fighting Irish ranked near the top of the rankings by season’s end. But LSU is a different beast.
The Tigers annually play one of the nation’s toughest schedules, facing Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M on a yearly basis. This program expects to be on top year in and year out. Hell, they fired Coach O just two years after fielding the greatest team in school history.
Just one week into his inaugural season, Kelly appears to be losing the Louisiana media, which might not bode well for his future on the Bayou.
Reporter obliterates Brian Kelly in presser after Week 1 loss
Brian Kelly opened his most recent presser by attempting to make a joke to reporters, who by his account, were late to the event. The joke didn’t land, and it gave one reporter an opportunity to take the ultimate jab following LSU’s season opening defeat.
Jokingly threatens to fine media members $10 for showing up late to pressers.
“Maybe if you’ll win, I’ll be on time.”pic.twitter.com/K8PT1i1iVO
— Grayson Weir (@GsonJW) September 6, 2022
Kelly: “We’ll open it up to this late arriving media crowd that must’ve enjoyed the weekend. That’s usually $10 that we put in the kitty. We’ll have a big bash at the end of the year at my place.
Reporter: “Maybe if you win, I’ll be on time.”
Kelly is already making enemies with the media in what could wind up being a rough year for the Tigers. That sense of humor won’t last long in Baton Rouge if LSU doesn’t start producing on the field.
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