Notre Dame eked out a win against FSU but Brian Kelly was not thrilled with his team’s performance.
On Saturday night, Notre Dame was able to hold off FSU and beat them by three points in overtime despite blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter.
— Sideline CFB (@SidelineCFB) September 6, 2021
The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
NO. 9 NOTRE DAME SURVIVES! pic.twitter.com/2eZIntzeJq
— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 6, 2021
After the game, an annoyed Kelly made a joke about wanting his team executed over their poor execution in the game and it didn’t go over well on the Internet.
Brian Kelly: “I’m in favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed tonight.” pic.twitter.com/BmNcDNHq3d
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 6, 2021
Apparently, Kelly’s joke is a reference to Bucs’ head coach John McKay.
The original quote came from John McKay, legendary coach of the creamsicle Bucs:
“What do you think of your team’s execution, coach?” asked a reporter. McKay replied, “I’m in favor of it.”
— Eric Adelson (@eric_adelson) September 6, 2021
Fans immediately blasted Brian Kelly over his postgame comment.
Brian Kelly… calls for the execution of his entire team? After winning? Wtf
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 6, 2021
How Brian Kelly can still be in charge of college aged kids I'll never understand https://t.co/G4aj453CP7
— Doug Greenberg (@DougGreenberg) September 6, 2021
Terrible person and an overrated coach to boot. FOH, man. https://t.co/ftTAt2ENNh
— Haynes (@haynes_uno) September 6, 2021