Coach Kelly sends wrong message by leaving Notre Dame at critical time

By jumping ship at this key moment, Brian Kelly has turned a season of achievement and promise into a bitter pill of disappointment and betrayal.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Navy in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 6. LSU is hiring him away from Notre Dame, a stunning move of one of the most accomplished coaches in college football jumping from the sport’s most storied program to a Southeastern Conference powerhouse.

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Team sports really do teach important life lessons. In the case of ex-Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly [“Brian’s gone: LSU antes up for Kelly”], his bolting ND for a $75 million contract at LSU teaches his young players that money and ego are all that matter in big-time college sports, and any reference to character, loyalty, teamwork, etc., is so much hypocritical blather. By jumping ship at this key moment, Kelly has turned a season of achievement and promise into a bitter pill of disappointment and betrayal.

Kelly’s salary — hundreds of times what an adjunct instructor at LSU makes — will provide for a luxurious lifestyle. But I wonder if it’s enough to make up for the fact that in future years, all Kelly will be remembered for is selling out his players when they most needed him. As for LSU, the school may win a few more games, but at a cost in institutional reputation, morale and integrity that will dwarf even Kelly’s grotesquely bloated paycheck.

Hugh Iglarsh, Skokie

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