Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly raised eyebrows Sunday night when he made a remark about executing his team following a win over Florida State.
Kelly made the remark after the team’s 41-38 overtime victory over the Seminoles.
“I’m in favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn’t execute very well,” Kelly said.
When asked about those comments, Kelly said he was just channeling former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay, who made those remarks in the team’s inaugural 1976 season. When asked about the team’s execution, McKay replied, “I’m in favor of it.”
“It’s an old John McKay quote,” Kelly explained, via ESPN. “I was kidding. It was tongue-in-cheek. It wasn’t funny? … I was talking and making a joke about it. It was taken serious? Are you people crazy?”
No, Kelly, you are the crazy one for thinking a bunch of people would have any first-hand knowledge of something a coach said back in 1976.
The No. 9 Fighting Irish had a rough night as they squandered a comfortable 38-20 lead going into the fourth quarter when Florida State scored 18 unanswered points to force overtime.
Notre Dame’s Jonathan Doerer would win the game with a 41-yard field goal.