Brian Kelly to be named new LSU head football coach, according to reports

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, reportedly set to become new LSU football coach to replace the fired Ed Orgeron, is seen here at a 2018 Citrus Bowl press conference in a game Notre Dame won 21-17.

Multiple national media outlets are reporting Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly will be named LSU’s new head football coach as soon as tomorrow.

Kelly, 60, is in his 12th season with Fighting Irish and has a record of 113-40 (includes 21 victories and two postseason appearances) later vacated by discretionary NCAA penalty.

His current team is 11-1 and ranked 6th in the latest AP and Coaches and in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings.

He has had 10-win seasons in six of the last seven years, the first coach in Notre Dame history to have six seasons of double-digit wins in a seven-year stretch. He is the first Irish coach to have five-straight seasons with 10 wins or more.

His 2012 team lost 42-14 to Alabama in the BCS national championship. Also, Notre Dame has been in the College Football Playoff two of the last three seasons, losing 30-3 to eventual national champion in a 2018 semifinal and 31-14 to eventual national champion Alabama last season.

Also, Kelly-coached Notre Dame is the last team to beat LSU in a postseason bowl. The Fighting Irish beat the Tigers 21-17 in Citrus Bowl at the end of Ed Orgeron’s first full season as head coach in 2017 and beat the Les Miles-coached Tigers 31-28 in the 2014 Music City Bowl.

Kelly is a native of Everett, Massachusetts who played collegiately as a linebacker for Division 2 Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

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