Former LSU football player responds to Brian Kelly hire
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LSU alum and ESPN analyst Marcus Spears couldn’t hold back his excitement over the Tigers hiring Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

“I like the Brian Kelly hire. Dude can coach and I want LSU football to win consistently,” Spears wrote on Twitter.

After sharing his take, the former Tigers defensive end had to defend it to naysayers.

“Not sexy Eyes and Ears wise but there’s some substance that I like,” Spears said. He also defended Kelly’s record.

“Won a Lot of games and hasn’t had the type of players he’s going to,” he added.

Brian Kelly has been the head coach for the Fighting Irish for 12 seasons, turning them into a constant in the College Football Playoff conversation. He’s been to two playoff semifinals and appeared in the 2012 national championship. There has been nothing but consistency at Notre Dame with Kelly, winning at least 10 games over the past five years.

Spears was also excited to learn that Brian Kelly plans to retain running backs coach Kevin Faulk and corners coach Corey Raymond.

Brian Kelly taking over at LSU

LSU is hiring Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly as its next head coach. The news comes as the latest shock to the college football world and just a mere day after USC hired Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma.

“LSU is expecting to hire Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly as the school’s next head coach,” Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel tweeted on Monday night. “An announcement could come as early as tomorrow.” On3’s Matt Zenitz confirmed shortly thereafter.

With his arrival in the Bayou, Kelly takes over for a program that fired head coach Ed Orgeron less than two seasons after winning a national championship.

LSU finished the regular season 6-6 with a 3-5 record in the SEC. Orgeron announced after his final game with the Tigers this past weekend he will not be coaching in the bowl game.

For Kelly, the news comes amidst an 11-1 season and on the brink of a berth in the College Football Playoff. If the Fighting Irish do make the playoff, Kelly will be the first head coach to be in the playoff while also taking a new head coaching job.

Kelly is due to sign a reported 10-year deal that could pay out over $100 million with incentives.

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