The 2016 college football season did not get off to the kind of start Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were hoping for. After a loss to Texas to start the season, the team rebounded with a win over Nevada.
Unfortunately, the Fighting Irish are now on a two-game losing streak after dropping matchups against Michigan State and Duke as they fall to 1-3 on the year.
After the team’s latest loss, Kelly had some harsh words for his players.
Rather than accepting blame for the loss, Kelly deflected all blame and threw his members of the team under the bus. Notre Dame’s starting quarterback Deshone Kizer was specifically named, as Kelly called his play “below standard” and “not acceptable.”
Kizer threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns in the three-point loss.
“Coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today,” Kelly said at the post-game press conference.
“Every position, all 22 of them, will be evaluated. Each and every position. There is no position that is untouchable on this football team. And that’s the quarterback, all the way down to — maybe the long snapper’s OK. We’re not going to touch him. But everybody else is vulnerable.”
It looks like everyone is officially in panic mode in South Bend.
Notre Dame and company will look to rebound next weekend against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. You can watch Kelly’s full comments and press conference which followed the loss to Duke below: