Notre Dame Football Coach Under Fire for Telling an Old Joke After Thrilling Overtime Win

An old joke landed Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly in hot water Sunday after the Fighting Irish pulled out a 41-38 overtime win over Florida State in Tallahassee.

Despite winning the game,  ninth-ranked Notre Dame struggled to put away the Seminoles and was outscored 18-0 in the final 13:42 of the game, according to ESPN.

That is what appeared to be on Kelly’s mind when he riffed on an old joke in the postgame interview.

“I’m in favor of execution,” he said, deadpan. “Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn’t execute very well.”

Some on social media were aghast.

“It’s an old John McKay quote,” the Notre Dame coach said during his postgame news conference as a reporter followed the scent of outrage and demanded to know what Kelly was thinking.

“I was kidding. It was tongue-in-cheek. It wasn’t funny? … I was talking and, you know, making a joke about it. It was taken serious? Are you people crazy?” he said.


John McKay was a legend at the University of Southern California, where over 16 years he won four national championships.

But when he moved the NFL in 1976, his Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14.

With that as the background, when McKay was asked about his team’s execution, he had a ready reply.

“I’m in favor of it,” he quipped.


Kelly said he may have misread the lay of the land by trying to inject humor into a society that has little use for it.

“It’s a John McKay quote that he used after a game,” he said.

“I was stealing one of his old quotes and being funny. I guess nobody likes to be funny anymore. So, yeah, if you want to, you know, take me to town on that, please do.”

Some observers got the joke right away.

“To anyone who has any problem whatsoever with what Brian Kelly said after the game: Immediately log off and find a hobby. Make some new friends,” college football analyst Danny Kanell tweeted.

Via  The Western Journal

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