Why the outcry about Brian Kelly’s transfer to LSU? This is what coaches do.

I’m trying to understand the public’s outrage at Brian Kelly’s decision to leave Notre Dame for LSU. Help me here, all you college football fans.

You expect what exactly? This Kelly will be one coach To say no to blocks of money? That, when his life is over, he will be buried in Notre Dame, the playbook in one hand and Shellagh in the other?

Fifty percent of college football coaches are considering potential job opportunities. The other 50% talk about your current team as ‘family’.

What is that? Do you find it scandalous that Kelly is leaving his players in good shape and dry while the sixth-placed Irishman still has a chance to play the college football game?

Do you own the house in your fairy tale or just rent it?

We’ve been through decades of this, with coaches doing their best at every turn. The only surprise this time around is that there are people who thought Kelly’s story would have a happy ending for everyone else but him. Same goes for Lincoln Riley, who recently left Oklahoma for USC. Do you think Riley is a little ashamed that his dogs are named Boomer and Soner? If he’s like any other college coach, he’s already changed their names to Trojan and Call My Agent.

Am I supposed to be angry with any of this? infidelity? A burning sensation in my large intestine? I’m sorry, no. Mostly, I am enjoying the backlash for Kelly’s cover-of-dark transition to LSU.

How about “student athletes,” you ask, your voice rising from the injustice of all this.

I’m beyond feeling sorry for the guys, not because they don’t deserve better but because signing a letter of intent is, by definition, a signature away from your fanciful outlook on life. The coaches are leaving. This is what they do. You know what they do too? They ask players to be there for each other, which seems hypocritical when these coaches pull out for better paying jobs. It seems hypocritical because it is. The hypocrisy is as much a part of the system as the weight rooms. All of us – you and me and the beer in the chair cup holder – know that.

If a high school athlete and his family don’t go into the hiring process with their eyes open, it’s because they’ve ignored the mountain of evidence that says coaches can’t be trusted.

Your age. shrug my shoulder. But I ask you again: what do you expect from these people?

If you fall in love with the fantasy that the college program coach you love isn’t like all the other coaches out there—the trainers who have to be housed in a zoo’s reptile house—then you, sir or madam, are an idiot.

If you think the locker room video of your coach giving you a scholarship is for anything other than the coach’s image and ability to attract other players to the program, you are as naive as a puppy.

If you’ve bought into the coach’s bullshit that his show is really “family,” I have some bad news for you: Pops are cheating on someone else.

It is far from me why anyone with a clear mind would give the virtue of a football coach. Kelly and Riley are the latest examples of why you shouldn’t believe the coach, but the bigger question is why would anyone need more examples.

This is on you guys. Blame yourself for any feelings of betrayal you may experience. Don’t fall in love with a boss. You will be better off falling in love with this disposable razor.

The coaches argue that it goes both ways, with schools dumping coaches all the time. They are right. It’s a tough, now lucrative, money-driven world with a lot of hate to roam around. Not exactly breaking news.

I suspect LSU’s 10-year, $95 million bid reminded Kelly that he had a better chance of winning a national title if he left Notre Dame. I also suspect that the $1.2 million, interest-free home loan and two courtesy cars didn’t hurt.

Kelly’s contract is full of incentives. He will get $200,000 if the Tigers reach the College Football Playoff semi-finals, $300,000 if they reach the championship game and $500,000 if they win the National Championship.

He can earn an additional $50,000 based on his team’s academic performance. Kind of cute trying to make education seem important.

There is no honor in any of this, but since when did honor have anything to do with college football?

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