Brian Kelly was leaving, so the respect for him went out the window.
There were reports on social media that he spoke with players at 7:00 am after reports had already came out that he was leaving for LSU before he told anybody on the staff.
Footage has since been obtained of that speech and it lasted all of four minutes. He claimed he would take questions from the players, but once he was done talking, he walked away.
Before Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly left for LSU, a text Kelly reportedly sent to his players was shared via social media.
“Men … Let me first apologise for the late night text and, more importantly, for not being able to share the news with you in person that I will be leaving Notre Dame,” the message read.
“I am flying back to South Bend tonight to be able to meet with you in the morning but the news broke late today and I am sorry you found out through social media or news reports.”
He promised to provide a full explanation, but four minutes is hardly enough time to explain why he made his decision while other coaches were out with recruits and got the news in the worst way possible. Kelly himself shot down the idea of leaving just one week ago.
“No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right? Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250 million check, my wife would want to take a look at it first,” Kelly told reporters. “I’d have to run it by her.”
Notre Dame will potentially lose recruits who had committed under the assumption Kelly would be their coach.