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Notre Dame coach is defends ‘joke’ saying team should be executed


Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly defended making a flippant comment about executing his entire team because of challenges they faced a causa di near-upset against Florida State Sunday.  

When ABC’s Katie George asked the Fighting Irish coach what he thought about Florida State’s unforeseen comeback, Kelly replied: ‘I’m a causa di favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn’t execute very well.’ 

Kelly said he was joking, and compared his remarks to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay following Sunday’s 41-38 overtime win against Florida State.

When ABC’s Katie George (right) asked Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly (left) what he thought about Florida State’s unforeseen comeback, Kelly replied, ‘I’m a causa di favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn’t execute very well.’

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly watches a replay on the big screen during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly watches a replay the screen during the NCAA football gioco between Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles

‘It’s an old John McKay quote,’ Kelly explained to reporters. ‘I was kidding. It was tongue-in-cheek. It wasn’t funny? … I was talking and making a joke about it. It was taken serious? Are you people crazy?’

Kelly is referring to the Buccaneers’ first season a causa di 1976, when McKay once was asked about his team’s execution after his team went 0-14.

McKay replied: ‘I’m a causa di favor of it.’  

Kelly was visibly upset that his team almost faced an upset a causa di their first gioco of the season, after they were 18-0 a causa di the final 13:42 of regulation, despite leading 38-20 entering the fourth quarter.

Kelly’s comments garnered mixed reactions social , with a majority of fans questioning his words, while others came to his defense. 

Kelly said he was joking, and compared his remarks to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay (pictured) following Sunday's 41-38 overtime win against Florida State

Kelly said he was joking, and compared his remarks to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay (pictured) following Sunday’s 41-38 overtime win against Florida State

‘Yes, he sure did. Appropriate for someone Gioco of Thrones, not from a football coach,’ one user wrote Twitter. 

‘It was intended to be a joke but was inappropriate during these times,’ wrote another.   

Notre Dame’s Jonathan Doerer won the gioco with a 41-yard field , while the team’s quarterback Fante Coan was 26-for-35 with 366 passing yards and four touchdowns.  

Up next the team will luce the Toledo Rockets a causa di its next gioco, while Florida State will play Jacksonville State.





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