Brian Kelly is really serious about families being able to attend games.
The head coach of the Notre Dame football team talked to reporters on Friday ahead of the ACC Championship game against Clemson and he made it pretty clear that his team may not play in the College Football Playoff if families aren’t allowed to attend the games.
“I’m not sure we’ll play in the playoffs if the parents can’t be there,” Kelly said, as ESPN reported. “Why would we play if you can’t have families at the game? If you can’t have families at bowl games, why would you go to a game where your families can’t be part of it? What’s the sense of playing a game in an area of the country where nobody can be part of it?”
This stems from the issues with the Rose Bowl, which is one of the sites for the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchups. The game is being played in Los Angeles and L.A. County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer stated that the sporting event will “remain spectator-free” after the county announced a stay-at-home order last month.
“Where’s the flexibility for the student-athlete is all I’m saying,” he stated. “The one thing these kids have been is incredibly flexible, and then on the other side we can’t be flexible? It’s hard to imagine.”