Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
Baton Rouge, LA: The coaching search has come to an end. Brian Kelly is the new head coach of the LSU Fighting Tigers. LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward was able to hire Kelly away from the University of Notre Dame where he spend 12 years leading the Irish football program. He leaves Notre Dame as the winning coach in school history with a 113-40 record with two CFP berths and an appearance in the 2013 BCS Championship Game. The terms of Kelly's LSU contract has yet to be released.
The unofficial announcement of Brian Kelly leaving South Bend for Baton Rouge, spread across social media rapidly on Monday evening, surprising LSU fans and the entire college football world.
LSU's search for Ed Orgeron's replacement turned out to be a secretive process that has kept LSU fans worried, wondering, and guessing for weeks. Rumors and false source leaks of potential candidates would change weekly, causing frustration and doubt. Names such as Dabo Swinney, Jimbo Fisher, James Franklin, Mark Stoops, Luke Fickell, Mel Tucker, Bill O'Brien, Bill Napier, and Lincoln Riley had all been mentioned.
Needless to say, when I heard the news, I was very surprised and immediately disagreed with the hire. But after clearing my mind of the disappointment of losing Lincoln Riley to USC, I realized that this is a great hire by Scott Woodward. Brian Kelly is a winner and I see nothing but success in the near future and beyond for the LSU football program...
Early sources report that Kelly plans on retaining current LSU assistants, Kevin Faulk (running backs) and Corey
Raymond (secondary coach & recruiting coordinator).
It is also been mentioned that Kelly hopes to bring Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees to Baton Rouge to run the LSU offense.