Brian Kelly named head coach of LSU

Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish football coach Brian Kelly has been named the head coach of the LSU Tigers.

The 44-year-old Kelly was selected by his alma mater on Monday after winning national championships at Central Michigan University and the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

He is the second previous coach to leave Notre Dame and join a BCS program. Bob Davie left the Irish in 2008 for the same job at Florida.

CBS Sports reports:

“He did a great job in transforming Notre Dame, making it such a very attractive, healthy program,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. “I can’t say enough about the credibility and how successful he was.” Kelly will be the second new coach to come to LSU in the past two seasons. Ed Orgeron, who was previously the offensive line coach at LSU, took over for the fired Les Miles during the middle of the season last year. LSU went 3-1 to win the SEC East, but lost in the national semifinals to Alabama.

At Notre Dame, Kelly won 101 games over eight seasons, with 14 straight seasons with 10 wins or more. After falling short of qualifying for the College Football Playoff this past season, he was forced to resign.

Currently, Kelly is searching for his second head coaching job, as he also withdrew his candidacy for the open University of Kentucky coaching position last month.

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