Brian Kelly answered one of the more obvious questions of his introductory press conference: How do you view competing in the SEC?

“I came down here because I wanted to be with the best,” Kelly said shortly after he was introduced as LSU’s new head coach. “The resources here are outstanding, it starts with the alignment, excellence, the standard of expectations. You’re looked at in terms of champions here, and I want that. I want to be under the bright lights. I want to be on the Broadway stage. That’s what my passion is, so yeah, that’s part of the draw, there’s no doubt about that. I’m going to learn about Louisiana.”

Kelly admitted that his first day on Notre Dame’s campus was when he took the job, and he said Wednesday was his first day in Louisiana. He even said things like the ‘L’ hand signal is something he just learned on Wednesday.

“Our family, we’re going to immerse ourselves into the culture of Louisiana, we’re not here to change anything, we’re here to get changed by it,” Kelly said. “And that’s going to be fun, that’s exciting and we’re going to have a standard within our program one that we build every single day. It will be an experience we’re looking forward to.”

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