If you think Brian Kelly suddenly leaving Notre Dame without informing players and staff was cruel, his past history tells you that he has been a person of low character for quite some time.
While the now former Notre Dame head coach was coaching at Central Michigan, Kelly once invited Jets coach Robert Saleh and Packers coach Matt LaFleur — employed as grad assistants for the Chippewas in 2004 — to a party at his home. Unknown to them at the time, it was because they were going to be put to work.
Kelly made them shovel the driveway and then retrieve cars for those on the guest list.
“We decided that when we’re in that position, we’re never going to treat people the way we got treated,” Saleh said about he and LaFleur.
The newly minted LSU coach has also left Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State in simlar fashion with little warning as well. Anything he says about staying long term or not leaving UCLA in the years to come should never be believed.
“Men… Let me first apologize 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. 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,” Kelly wrote.
Kelly reportedly spent just two minutes with players and staff before walking out without taking questions.
Depending on the results of conference championship games this weekend, the Irish will likely either barely get into the CFP or play in a New Year’s Six bowl.