New LSU football coach Brian Kelly gestures to fans after his arrival at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Kelly, formerly of Notre Dame, is said to have agreed to a 10-year contract with LSU worth $95 million plus incentives. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Brian Kelly Talks Vision for LSU

In December, Brian Kelly, Notre Dame’s winningest coach in program history left South Bend to take the reigns at LSU. Kelly accepted a 10-year deal worth $9.5 million per year along with incentives to be Ed Orgeron’s successor. On the first day of SEC Media Days, Kelly was able to discuss his vision for the program.

Kelly felt the move was the right one for him and his family.

Personal Ties

“The right time at the right place,” said Kelly.

LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward has earned a reputation throughout the league for making big-name hires. Woodward was the one who convinced Jimbo Fisher to leave Florida State for Texas A&M and hired Chris Petersen from Boise State when no one believed he would leave.

It is no surprise Woodward went after Kelly, the surprise was Kelly entertained it. Kelly is the first Notre Dame coach in more than 100 years to leave for another college job on his own will, leaving a program where has accumulated 113 wins since 2010 with the Fighting Irish .

SEC Pedigree

“The challenges of being in the greatest conference in college football, along with being at LSU… is a great opportunity to restore championship level football here at LSU,” said Kelly.

Kelly discussed during his first SEC Media Day the importance of being able to play on the biggest stage each week in college football. He was able to touch on the fact he has never played in SEC caliber stadiums and it is an obstacle he is looking forward to.

He also discussed the makeup of this year’s roster. In a historically down season for LSU under Orgeron, Kelly was able to make a late push in the recruiting cycle and finish with the No. 12 recruiting class according to 247Sports. Additionally, Kelly was able to make a splash in the transfer portal to help build his roster.

There is no definitive answer at quarterback as of yet for Kelly despite having a plethora of skill players and a strong defensive unit. Arizona State transfer, Jayden Daniels, seems to have the slight edge over the rest of the room thanks to his running abilities, although his passing ability showed flaws during the Spring game.

The Brian Kelly regime will begin when the Tigers host Florida State for a week 1 marquee matchup.

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