There was controversy in college football this weekend as Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly claimed his whole team should be executed following their win over Florida State.
On Sunday, Notre Dame needed overtime in order to defeat their rivals but despite eventually seeing his players get the win, the coach clearly wasn't happy at all.
Whilst being interviewed by ABC's Katie George about Florida State's late comeback, that saw them win the 4th quarter 18-0 and force overtime, Kelly said his whole team needed to be executed.
"I'm in favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight. We just didn't execute very well."
the entire team needs to executed after tonight??????? pic.twitter.com/vuFoheLxt8— Tony X (@soIoucity) September 6, 2021
Nobody:— Barstool Indy (@barstoolindy) September 6, 2021
Brian Kelly in the locker room after squeaking out a win: pic.twitter.com/DDOHXt7Sr1
Brian Kelly in Notre Dame locker room after the game pic.twitter.com/0r13NhDIiD— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 6, 2021
Did BRIAN* Kelly actually say, during a live interview, that his entire team should potentially be executed tonight?— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 6, 2021
This dude’s wild pic.twitter.com/7OTl7ZzKYk
Notre Dame players when Brian Kelly asks them to stay late after practice for a few minutes pic.twitter.com/RNk8dRaojo— Ryan (@Ryanmcc09) September 6, 2021
Correct me if i’m wrong but I think Brian Kelly just said his whole team needs to be executed— Dana Beers (@danabeers) September 6, 2021
*checks Brian Kelly's Wikipedia page, sees update* pic.twitter.com/dLXCtpZZx6— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 6, 2021
After an unsurprisingly bad reaction to Kelly's words, the former Southern California coach tried to explain that he was just paraphrasing a joke by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay.
"It's an old John McKay quote," Kelly told reporters, "I was kidding. It was tongue-in-cheek. It wasn't funny? ... I was talking and making a joke about it. It was taken serious? Are you people crazy?
"It's a John McKay quote that he used after a game," the Fighting Irish boss added, "I was stealing one of his old quotes and being funny, because nobody likes to be funny anymore. If you want to take me to town on that, please do."
Brian Kelly did not execute that joke very well.— Annie Agar (@AnnieAgar) September 6, 2021
Kelly might have claimed that 'nobody likes to be funny anymore' but it's actually just that McKay's joke was very funny and his retelling wasn't at all.
In 1976 the Buccaneers went 0-14 and McKay was asked about his team's execution, with the coach quickly answering, "I'm in favor of it," Kelly on the other hand was the one that brought up execution for no reason other than to contrive his 'joke.'