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Kelly vows to better control his emotions

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Controversy swirling around Brian Kelly doesn't relate to his team's 23-20 loss to South Florida on Saturday as much as his demeanor on the sideline.

The Notre Dame coach is being taken to task for expletive-laden sideline rants captured by NBC cameras during Saturday's twice storm-suspended game. The (begin ital) National Catholic Register (end ital) asked whether Kelly should be fired while other Internet articles demanded as much after Kelly's face turned as purple as the skies above Notre Dame Stadium when quarterback Tommy Rees' pass to TJ Jones bounced off Jones' helmet and was intercepted at the South Florida 4-yard line in the third quarter of the season-opening loss.

Kelly berated Jones after he came to the sideline with words that didn't require a lip reader to interpret.  

Kelly said Tuesday that the loss was the most frustrating of his 28-year coaching career. When first asked about his sideline deportment by a Sun-Times reporter, Kelly seemed defensive: "Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody? Is that what you're referring to? I'm asking specifically what you're referring to," he said.

After the question was clarified, the second-year Notre Dame coach acknowledged that he needs to remain more composed.

"I was extremely frustrated with the game," Kelly said. "What I have to recognize is that I'm on TV all the time. [I need to] do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me. It seems like it's on more than I'm used to. So I'll have to do a better job of controlling my emotions."

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I do not approve of BK's behavior. However, I understand his frustrations. He is pressured to win right now with a team that he did not recruit. ND and fans have to allow the process to work. Although unacceptable, Kelly's behavior shows how much he wants to win. To ND....Give the man a chance. If BK doesn't win by 2013, then think about a change. I am a fan of ND because their Athletes are actually required to be students.....this effects recruiting greatly. Still, we must give BK a chance to get his players on the field.

ND did nothing to control Charlie Weiss' foul-mouthed tirades directed at members of his own team. So Kelly's disgusting behavior has long since become standard procedure for that institution.

When I was a kid, I was actually an ND fan. But that ended many years ago, when the spoiled ND fan base turned on Coach Dan Devine for having the unmitigated gall to lose maybe 1.5 games a year.

The horrible state of the Irish football program now is nothing more than sports karma. They are without question the most obnoxious fans of any team in any sport -- including English soccer -- and they have exactly the coach they deserve.

I want to say that what he did was coaching. You think nick saban allows that shit to happen? He blows up just as well and Notre Dame played awful. Its an ass chewing is all it is and nothing more he didnt hit anyone my high school coach did the same thing to me and taught me more about life than my own father. You think he's doing something wrong but you think that kid wants to screw up brian kellys gameplan now? Bet the Irish come back and kick michigans ass. If you want results then let the man coach because he can get more wins out of notre dame then they are even worth. Roll Tide

This was simply the worst example of coaching behavior we have seen in the last 20 years.....Other than Sam Whyce's dumb ass comments........ What are we paying Brian again ? and how much can we save ?

The guy is a human being, and human beings make mistakes. I'm not advocating that Kelly continue to show up his players by making them examples on national television (ie. TJ Jones), but I'm sure any coach in the same situation would have been infuriated by that horrific lack of discipline, especially considering the way in which the game had gone for ND already in terms of red zone turnovers. I don't think I've ever seen a team execute that badly inside the 20 and just give away points, not even at a high school level...

I wondered if this behavior was noticed by anybody but me. In my lifetime of watching football I have never seen such atrocious behavior by anyone on a sideline. If that is coaching then I am watching the wrong sport. Brian Kelly mad me sick to my stomach that day. I will never watch ND again as long as he is the coach. ND needs to understand that even if they had won the game which I'm glad they didn't they still are losers due to his actions.

I wondered if this noticed by anybody but be. In my lifetime of watching football I have never seen such atrocious behavior by anyone on a sideline. If that is coaching then I am watching the wrong sport. Brian Kelly mad me sick to my stomach that day. I will never watch ND again as long as he is the coach. ND needs to understand that even if they had won the game which I'm glad they didn't they still are losers.

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