Carousel Coaching: Historical Changes with Kelly, Riley Moves

Brian Kelly couldn’t win a title at Notre Dame, but he believes he can at LSU.

That’s the only possible explanation for the startling reports Monday night that he was leaving South Bend after 12 seasons and 106 wins to jump into college football’s toughest division.

Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel first reported the news and it was confirmed later by Ross Dellnger of Sports Illustrated.

Lincoln Riley apparently didn’t want anything to do with the SEC, despite everything he said.

Both movements are historic.

No head coach sitting at Notre Dame has ever left for another college job (Lou Holtz spent a few years in television before taking the post in South Carolina).

Kelly became the all-time leader in terms of wins for the Irish and decided to head to SEC West.

But he failed to win a national title, blowing himself up in BCS title games and college football playoffs. He didn’t have the players he could possibly have with LSU.

Riley would not have been particularly happy with the decision to go to the SEC, although this is disputed by everyone involved.

But he became the first Sooners coach to leave for another college job since 1946.

These two places are where coaches get laid off … there aren’t a lot of jobs you quit for what you might call a lateral move.

Kelly will replace Ed Orgeron, who won a national title with a perfect season in 2019.

Now he just has to meet the expectations of a fan base who may in fact demand more than the base of Notre Dame with the inflated ego.

You didn’t think things would get any easier in SEC West, did you?

Kelly has just left a recruiting class ranked No.4 on the 247Sports Composite Rankings and must do what he can with the early signing date that comes quickly with the Tigers.

LSU’s current ranking is 15th, but that’s just good enough for sixth place in the SEC overall and third in the West.

Hold on, guys. Things are just starting to get interesting.

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