5 things to know about Brian Kelly, who is leaving Notre Dame to become LSU football coach
LSU football is set to hire Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame as the Tigers' next coach. Kelly will be the 33rd head coach of the Tigers. LSU finished the regular season (6-6, 3-5 SEC).
Here's some things to know about Kelly:
Kelly knows how to win
Kelly finished with a 113-40 record during his time at Notre Dame. He coached the Irish to their first College Football Playoff appearance in 2018 and also made it in 2020.
Also in 2020, in Notre Dame's lone full season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Kelly led his team to the ACC Championship Game.
In 2012, Kelly coached Notre Dame to the BCS Championship Game, where the Irish lost to Alabama.
Multiple coach of the year awards
Kelly is the only coach to win The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award multiple times. He received the award in 2009, 2012 and 2018.
He's led multiple programs
Kelly coached at Cincinnati from 2007-09 and finished with a 34-6 record. The Bearcats won two straight Big East titles and earned NY6 bowl appearances in 2008 (FedEx Orange Bowl) and 2009 (Allstate Sugar Bowl). In three seasons at Central Michigan, he finished with a record of 19-16 and won the Mid-American Conference title in 2006.
Trails only Nick Saban
Kelly has a .743 winning percentage that trails only Nick Saban among active FBS coaches with at least 15 years of head coaching experience.
Kelly produces NFL talent
Following the successful 2020 season, nine Irish players were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, the most during the Kelly era, giving Notre Dame the most all-time NFL Draft Picks with 520.