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Brian Kelly Has A lot to Prove

When Notre Dame still had a chance to reach the College Football Playoff, Brian Kelly shockingly departed South Bend for the lure of the SEC at LSU. Kelly, a Massachusetts native who spent most of his coaching career in the Midwest, was a peculiar cultural fit in Baton Rouge, and it’s certainly been a process to assimilate into the LSU family.

Kelly won at least ten games in six of his last seven seasons at Notre Dame. He now inherits an LSU program on the heels of back-to-back disappointing seasons following the magical run to the national championship in 2019. Kelly came close but never won a national title at Notre Dame, and expectations are always high for a program like LSU.

There is pressure to win immediately. But if there are early growing pains for Kelly in Baton Rouge, will the LSU community be patient? Or will skepticism about Kelly’s fit in the SEC quickly creep in? Kelly faced demanding schedules as an independent at Notre Dame, but the juggernaut of the SEC West is a different kind of beast.

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