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Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 1:08 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been a rough week for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly. Following Notre Dame's loss to USC last weekend, amidst a barrage of USC players saying that the Irish quit, Kelly promised that this week would not be fun for his players. The Irish held long practices all week, but on Thursday Kelly made some comments that bothered his players more than the extra work.

"You can see the players that I recruited here," Kelly said on Thursday after practice. "You know who they are. We've had one class … that I've had my hand on. The other guys here are coming along. But it's a process. It can't happen overnight. They're getting there. We're making good progress." 

As you'd expect, the players on the Notre Dame roster who Kelly didn't recruit didn't exactly enjoy hearing these comments, and even took to Twitter to vent. All of the tweets have since been deleted, but players like Trevor Robinson, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Manti Te'o tweeted about Kelly's remarks.

Te'o tweeted "playin for my bros and that's it!!!"

Well, on Friday players reportedly addressed Kelly about his comments in an effort to clear the air, and Kelly apologized to his players for the remarks.

Whether there are still some tension between the players and their coach remains to be seen, but the best way to heal any divide in the locker room would probably be a win against Navy on Saturday afternoon.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:50 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

I heard Touchdown Jesus tweeted "This team needs better players."

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

Kelly wasn't b*tching about Mark Dantonio's UC recruits that helped him win the conference title in 08 or 09.  He did promise HIS recruits that he was staying in Cincy and the next day was gone.  I don't see the ND faithfull putting up wiith his antics for much longer.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:32 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

Kelly needs to apologive to the Cincinnati team he quit on; he didn't have balls to tell ND to wait until season was over to take coaching position. Why did he get a free ride on that? I never heard anyone call him on that.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:27 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

If the ND Administration didn't care that Kelly caused the death of a student photographer, then I'm sure they won't mind him insulting most of his student football players.  ND has lost it's way...meant to be about religion but only about football.  Disgusting.

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:25 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

I guess that means in 4 years he will be undefeated and national champ? Your coached how to play, you play how your coached.  I hear he is pro choice. Maybe all the players who could have won at ND were aborted. Come on Urban Meyer.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:18 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

Good grief I cant believe there is even an article about this. What a bunch of pansies those players are and so are you guys who posted whining about them getting their feelings hurt. Grow up. Did any of you babies ever play a sport other than flag football? They have been playing like crap and deserve to be chewed out. Aaron Taylor who was a stud at Notre Dame read them the riot act and they deserved it. And then there are the bigger babies who are still whining about him leaving Cincinnati..boohoo. I am sure he is the only coach who has ever done that? So? Nick Saban, Bobby Petrino...the list is endless but you chose to rail on Brian Kelley. God how transparent and juvenile can you get?  Can you like get a life and get over it? How flipping lame. Kelley apologizes to them so when they do the same to him? Spend your time in practice and playing better and you wont have time for tweeting...geez. unreal.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:10 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

He can do whatever he wants. Just might be doing it from the outside.

Double edged sword in today's sports. His comments about pathetic effort is true. But he might want to ask himself why his staff of 12 can't motivate or bring the players to any level of motivation...

Another recruitment failure. And the list grows....

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:02 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

This is just another example why players do not go and play at NOTRE DAME anymore. Nobody cares that they have thier own tv network and we are forced to watch thier embarrassment each week. The coach seems not to understand that you just dont say stupid SH*T like that in public. Nobody wants to play there any longer as its not a prestige program any longer and if you were a top recruit why wouldnt you go to a Florida or California school where you wont freeze your a@@ off at the end of the season. NOTRE DAME is done.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Brian Kelly apologizes to his players

As a coach you just can't prioritize "your recruits" publicly over the players who were there when you arrived.  That works so far against the idea of "team" that "stepping up and being responsible" should begin with Brian Kelly.  He should have done so on other matters like Declan Sullivan and didn't do it then so I don't expect him to do it on anything else.

I'm not even going to get into your thoughts about the occupy movement other than you're WAY off on where they're coming from and why they're out there.  

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:25 pm

Brian Kelly Is A Jerk

This guy is not a leader in any shape or form.  Coaching little old Grand Valley is a far cry from coaching a major D1 school.  Talk about excuses! Calling out the guys he didn't recruit? Really?

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