‘Nobody likes to be funny anymore,’ says US college football coach after quipping his team should be EXECUTED (VIDEO)
US college football coach Brian Kelly says no one can take a joke these days after declaring on live TV that his Notre Dame players “should be executed” for their poor performance against Florida State on Sunday night.
The top 10-ranked Notre Dame labored to a 41-38 overtime win at the Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, but things should have been much more comfortable after they held a 38-20 lead in the third quarter.
Unimpressed with what he’d just witnessed, Fighting Irish coach Kelly went for his killer line when asked for his thoughts in a post-game interview with Katie George.
“I’m in favor of execution. Maybe our entire team needs to be executed after tonight,” said Kelly casually.
the entire team needs to executed after tonight??????? pic.twitter.com/vuFoheLxt8— Tony X (@soIoucity) September 6, 2021
Many were left wondering if their ears had deceived them, but no – Kelly really did say that his team’s lackluster efforts might be worthy of the death penalty.
But as the clip went viral – and some took Kelly’s words at face value – the reasoning behind the comments was soon cleared up: it was all just a joke.
In fact, Kelly was making a ham-fisted attempt at putting his own spin on the quip once used by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay.
In McKay’s case, he is said to have been asked by a reporter “what do you think of your team's execution?” – before replying “I'm in favor of it.”
That was much sharper than Kelly’s attempted quip – but anyway, the Notre Dame coach was quick to clarify his comments before he had a baying mob of wokesters calling for him to be the one for the chop.
“It’s an old John McKay quote,” Kelly later said.
“I was kidding. It was tongue-in-cheek. It wasn't funny?... I was talking and making a joke about it. It was taken serious? Are you people crazy?
“I was stealing one of [McKay’s] old quotes and being funny, because nobody likes to be funny anymore. If you want to take me to town on that, please do.”
Some people did just that – finding the comments in particularly bad taste considering a student videographer once died when a hydraulic lift fell over during treacherous weather conditions at a Fighting Irish practice session held by Kelly in 2010.
john mckay died in 2001. it's ok for people not to know that reference lol. horrible joke, horrible delivery, can't use that joke if someone died at your football practice— charles (crying online) mcdonald (@FourVerts) September 6, 2021
uh.. what do we think of Brian Kelly's humor attempt? it's a twist on an old one liner, saying his whole team "should be executed." but this is '21.. yeah I don't think it works. It was a resilient W in very tough environment.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 6, 2021
“Our entire team needs to be executed after tonight” - Brian KellyWHO TF SAYS THAT— ᗩᑎT ᗯᖇIGᕼT (@itsAntWright) September 6, 2021
Others, though, simply took Kelly’s line for what it was – a poor attempt at parroting McKay.
"Poorly-delivered John McKay joke. Don't get woke here people," implored one fan.
"Everyone needs to Google John McKay and relax. It was a call back to an old joke," read another comment.
Others deployed a barrage of memes to depict the 59year-old Kelly's no-nonsense approach to coaching.
Poorly delivered John McKay joke. Don’t get woke here people— The Pundit's Pundit (@PunditsPund1) September 6, 2021
*Notre Dame loses game*Brian Kelly: pic.twitter.com/TSMTspl2ic— sob (@soldoutbudokan) September 6, 2021
Brian Kelly just threatened to kill his entire team on national television. That’s what almost losing to FSU will do to a man.— Warden of the North (@157Gale) September 6, 2021
Nobody:Brian Kelly in the locker room after squeaking out a win: pic.twitter.com/DDOHXt7Sr1— Barstool Indy (@barstoolindy) September 6, 2021
Perhaps NFL reporter Annie Agar summed it up best when she said Kelly simply hadn't executed his gag well enough.
Brian Kelly did not execute that joke very well.— Annie Agar (@AnnieAgar) September 6, 2021