Football World Reacts To What Brian Kelly Said On ABC

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Brian Kelly had social media buzzing following his postgame interview on ABC after Notre Dame’s overtime win at Florida State.

The Fighting Irish’s longtime head coach suggested his players should be “executed” after the 41-38 win at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

“I’m in favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn’t execute very well,” Kelly said.

Wait, what did you say?

Unsurprisingly, Kelly immediately went viral on social media for his comments. However, there’s a pretty good explanation for what he said.

Notre Dame’s head coach was attempting to reference an old joke made by former football coach John McKay.

McKay, who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replied “I’m in favor of it” when asked about his team’s “execution” during a game.

The joke didn’t really land, though.

Kelly had to explain himself following the victory.

“It’s a John McKay quote that he used after a game,” Kelly said. “I was stealing one of his old quotes and being funny, because nobody likes to be funny anymore. If you want to take me to town on that, please do.”

The initial fervor surrounding Kelly’s comment has calmed down. Most people now agree that it was simply a swing-and-a-miss from the Fighting Irish head coach.

Better luck next time, Brian.

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