Brian Kelly explains why he left Notre Dame for LSU, why he and Irish were on 'different paths'
Brian Kelly led Notre Dame to a BCS National Championship Game appearance and a pair of College Football Playoff berths, but wasn’t able to get the program to its first title since 1988.
He’ll look to get over the hump at LSU, who made a rather surprising decision to bring him in from South Bend in hopes of returning the Tigers to prominence. Hopefully, after Kelly and his Fighting Irish were soundly beaten by Alabama in the Rose Bowl 15 months ago, he can improve his fortunes now that he’ll be facing Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide every year.
As it turns out, the seeds appeared to have been planted for Kelly’s eventual departure long before this year, as he revealed in a interview with the AP’s Ralph D. Russo released Thursday. One specific item related to the program’s facilities and Kelly’s desire to see them upgraded.
“I felt like that what I was looking for was student-athlete centered. And I was pushing for more for the student-athlete,” Kelly said. “And I wanted to see that piece. And we didn’t seem to be on the same path as to how that was going to get accomplished.”
He used a baseball analogy when describing LSU as compared to his situation in South Bend.
“I want to be in an environment where I have the resources to win a national championship,” he said. “And I came down here because I want to be in the American League East…
“I felt like I did everything that I could at Notre Dame and they felt like they did everything they could for me. …I loved my time at Notre Dame. We were on different paths and that’s fine. I’m fine with that.”