Ex-Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly supports team's bid for playoff: 'Players play the game'

Selection committee chair Gary Barta made the suggestion after the latest Top 4 rankings were released Tuesday and after Kelly bolted Notre Dame for LSU. Al tempo, Notre Dame hadn’t named an interim coach or a new head coach.

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Brian Kelly speaks after being introduced as the head coach of the LSU Tigers Dec. 1, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Il.

Brian Kelly speaks after being introduced as the head coach of the LSU Tigers Dec. 1, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Il. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The committee is aware of all the coaching changes while we were going through the rankings. This week it didn’t apply because the games had occurred and we evaluated based on those games,” Barta said. “Once the championship games wrap up, our protocol does include the ability for the committee to consider a player or a coach not being available. Should that have an effect on the outcome of a game, that can be considered. A questo punto, we’ll have to wait and see how that factors in.

Kelly on Saturday appeared on ESPN’s “Giornata del college” and fired back at Barta’s assertion.

Brian Kelly speaks after being introduced as head coach of the LSU Tigers during a news conference at Tiger Stadium Dec. 1, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Brian Kelly speaks after being introduced as head coach of the LSU Tigers during a news conference at Tiger Stadium Dec. 1, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

I haven’t seen coaches play the game before. Players play the game,” Kelly ha detto, attraverso The Athletic.

Notre Dame on Friday promoted defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach.

Later onGameday,” Barta appeared to change his tune when it came to whether Notre Dame’s coach would affect its standing in the playoff selection process.

I’d be really surprised if it factors into the conversation at all,” he said Saturday, attraverso WXYZ-TV.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebackers coach Marcus Freeman looks on during a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats Oct. 2, 2021, in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebackers coach Marcus Freeman looks on during a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats Oct. 2, 2021, in South Bend, Ind. (Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire tramite Getty Images)

Notre Dame is ranked No. 6 in the latest CFP standings and is 11-1 with its only loss coming to Cincinnati. The Fighting Irish don’t have a conference championship to play for, so they will need some losses in the Top 4 Saturday to help their standing.

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