Much has been written already about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish relocating their matchup with the Syracuse Orange next November to Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly did nothing to contain the situation when asked about it Saturday evening.
Actually, Kelly may have added fuel to the fire.
“I coach the team,” Kelly said according to ND Insider. “I play wherever they tell me to play. Good with that?”
Apparently the media present at his press conference wasn’t ‘good with that’ because they continued to press him. The follow up question was whether or not Kelly was consulted about the move. The coach said he was.
“I was (presented), ‘Here are the scenarios for you. Which one don’t you want?’ ” Kelly said. “I could tell you, I didn’t want to play indoors, late in November against a team that likes to throw it around (Syracuse). Let’s get them outside in the elements and as close to South Bend as possible.”
Yes, Kelly accomplished his goal of playing the Orange outdoors by rescheduling the game to Metlife Stadium, but last time we checked, the Irish had an outdoor stadium in South Bend too. And Northern New Jersey is far closer to Syracuse than Indiana.
Kelly probably wouldn’t even be answering questions about relocating the game, though, if not for his comments about his team being “worn down emotionally and mentally” after playing in Miami and then Stanford in the final two weeks of the season. A few days after those comments, the Irish moved the home game against Syracuse to Metlife Stadium.
With the move, Notre Dame will play six of its final nine games next season away from home.
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