Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly tried to make a humorous reference to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay after the Combating Irish’s 41:38 extra time win in Florida State on Sunday. It did not appear to go down effectively.
When requested about his staff’s capacity to resist the 18 factors for the fourth straight quarter, Kelly mentioned, “I am for the execution. Perhaps our whole staff must be executed tonight.”
The joke appeared flat in comparison with McKay, who was credited with saying “I am for it” when requested what he considered his staff’s execution within the late 1970s. Kelly responded with obvious confusion to criticism of his post-game feedback, in response to ESPN.
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Brian Kelly simply: “It is an outdated John McKay quote. I used to be joking. I used to be winking. … It wasn’t humorous? I made a joke about it. It was taken severely. Are you? Loopy folks?”
– Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 6, 2021
Twitter wasn’t pleased with Kelly’s response both.
uh .. what will we consider Brian Kelly’s try at humor? It is a twist on an outdated one-liner that claims his whole staff “needs to be executed”. however that is ’21 .. yeah i do not suppose it’ll work. It was a resilient W in a really troublesome atmosphere.
– Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 6, 2021
Brian Kelly did not execute this joke very effectively.
– Annie Agar (@AnnieAgar) September 6, 2021
Notre Dame defeated Florida State because of an impressive efficiency from Wisconsin senior quarterback switch Jack Coan, who set a Combating Irish season opening report of 366 yards. He additionally had 4 touchdowns and one interception. Junior security Kyle Hamilton additionally recorded two of Notre Dame’s three interceptions, which allowed him to construct a lead of as much as 18 factors within the third quarter.
The Combating Irish will face Toledo on September 11th at 2:30 p.m. ET. However will Kelly’s gamers nonetheless be alive then?