Dick Vitale slams Brian Kelly, Lincoln Riley over bolting for greener pastures, calls it unethical

Vitale, who made his return to the broadcasting booth this month after announcing his cancer diagnosis in October, took to Twitter on Friday to call out Kelly and Lincoln Riley for their decisions to move on to different college football programs.

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Brian Kelly & Lincoln Riley leaving [圣母] & [俄克拉荷马州] / wonder how can u just walk away from players that gave heart/soul/blood to at the most vital time of the year,” 他写了. “Yes to some $ $ $ count more than what is right / it wasn’t like they were starving making millions.

Vitale drove his point home, seemingly saying money was the driving cause for the departures.

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BOSTON, MA - 二月 14:  Commentator Dick Vitale looks on before action between the Boston Celtics and the LA Clippers at TD Garden on February 14, 2018 在波士顿, 马萨诸塞州.

BOSTON, MA – 二月 14: Commentator Dick Vitale looks on before action between the Boston Celtics and the LA Clippers at TD Garden on February 14, 2018 在波士顿, 马萨诸塞州. ((Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images))

Coaches with ethics ala Jay Wright, Tom Izzo, Coach K, Mark Few & many others would never check out on their TEAMS for $ $ $ with a chance for glory after a super year,” he said in another tweet. “How can Brian Kelly give [圣母] players a 3 min talk after they busted their guts for him? For him easy $ $ .”

十一月 27, 2021; 斯坦福大学, 加利福尼亚州, 美国; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly receives congratulations after the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium.

十一月 27, 2021; 斯坦福大学, 加利福尼亚州, 美国; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly receives congratulations after the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. (Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports)

Kelly is LSU’s new head coach after signing a 10-year, $ 95 million deal with the promise of incentives while Riley will take over at 南加州大学 for a reported $ 110 百万.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley talks with his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, 星期六, 十一月. 27, 2021, in Stillwater, 巴里韦斯.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley talks with his players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, 星期六, 十一月. 27, 2021, in Stillwater, 巴里韦斯. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

They join Alabama’s Nick Saban as the top three highest-paid college football coaches.

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