Brian Kelly is still the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program, and in case you are wondering who will inherit his role once it's time for him to get replaced, then you can thank him for providing the answer. Kelly was with Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and retired NBA pros Dell Curry and Vince Carter on the Race and Sports in America: Conversations, and, boy did he blurt out a tasty quote about the man who'll replace him in South Bend.
With race and sports as among the topics at hand, Kelly got a bit carefree with his words and inadvertently revealed his successor.
Via Nick Shepkowski of USA TODAY:
Kelly then discussed another recent hire, defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman.
“My defensive coordinator is Black, and he’s going to be the next head coach,” Kelly said. “This is not about color or race. This is about the things they [Steph Curry, Dell Curry, Vince Carter] just talked about.
Kelly's time as the football boss of the Fighting Irish will run until the end of the 2024 college football season after he signed a four-year extension back in 2020. Since taking over the program in 2010, Brian Kelly has guided Notre Dame to 10 Bowl Game appearances. Under Kelly, the Fighting Irish came closest to winning the national title in 2012 when Manti Te'o and company lost in the BCS Championship at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
As for Freeman, the vote of confidence from Brian Kelly must be so nice to hear, but the main task for him right now is to sustain the stout Notre Dame's defense's momentum that allowed just 19.7 points per game last season.