Yahoo- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he was trying to control the sideline when he grabbed and shoved an assistant coach David Grimes during the No. 9 Fighting Irish's 24-20 victory against No. 21 Temple on Saturday night.
Kelly was seen during the ESPN broadcast grabbing the former Notre Dame wide receiver by his pullover and pushing him in the chest, away from the sideline as an official was talking to Grimes.
Notre Dame strength and conditioning coordinator Paul Longo stepped in between Kelly and Grimes and Irish defensive end also moved Grimes away from Kelly.
''David was going to get us a 15-yard penalty,'' Kelly said during his postgame news conference. ''I have to control the sideline. I wasn't going to let that happen. He got a little too close and I backed him up out of the way to make sure we didn't get a 15-yard penalty.''
So, we are all in agreement here, right? Brian Kelly has got to fight him a fair one? I'm talking no one else around, just two men taking out their frustrations in a forum where both of them are on equal footing, so to speak. Maybe if Brian Kelly survives they can laugh about it over a beer after. Make no mistake, Brian Kelly's old, white ass would probably get killed, but he should have thought about that before he violently grabbed a member of his staff KNOWING said member couldn't react accordingly. This goes back to the rules of playground. That shit is written in stone. Don't put your hands on someone if you're not ready for them to put their hands on you. Obviously that wasn't about to happen during a nationally televised football game, so I think there is no better time than the present. Don't get me wrong, I understand a lot of things get said and done in the heat of the moment during sporting events, but that doesn't mean you're not responsible for your actions during those moments. Especially if those actions cross a certain boundary that is largely unforeseen in sports. Almost every football game ever played has featured a disagreement between members of a coaching staff, but when's the last time you have seen this level of disrespect from an authority figure to a subordinate? It's one thing for two players to go back and forth at each other, but it's a whole different scenario when the head coach abuses his power over an ancillary coach.
Obviously I am being facetious and this will never happen. Mostly because Brian Kelly is an egomaniac that doesn't think he's ever acted inappropriately in his entire career. That in itself is absolutely hilarious. Kelly has gotten labeled as this great coach, but what other great coaches have consistently lacked any semblance of control over their emotions? What other great coaches have shown such irreverence to someone they are supposed to consider a peer? You don't have to act like you are better than every other member of your program to maintain authority over your program. If you truly have control of your sidelines you don't have to come in high and hard with your fist clenched to the throat of a guy who seemed relatively mild mannered at the time. I think it's pretty obvious that even if Brian Kelly did have to intervene, the circumstances weren't dire enough to require that level of aggression. Kelly's justification of emasculating a grown man that had no choice but to let himself be emasculated shouldn't be considered anything other than fighting words. Any adult male worth his salt would realize that the only real answer here is fisticuffs. Unfortunately Brian Kelly is no such man. He's a holier than thou prick that probably doesn't even realize he has surely lost the respect of some of his players.