Explosive plays were hard for Notre Dame to come by on the field on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the Irish having some on the sidelines. Midway through the third quarter Brian Kelly was seen running towards assistant strength and conditioning coach David Grimes and grabbing him by the jacket. Kelly downplayed the incident after the game, but based on early morning chatter, it’s something we’re sure to be hearing more about.
First off, in case you missed it, here is the exchange.
After the game, here is what Kelly had to say about the incident:
“David (Grimes) was going to get us a 15 yard penalty and I have to control the sideline. I wasn’t going to let that happen. He got a little too close and I backed him up out of the way to make sure we didn’t get a 15 yard penalty.”
Emotions were clearly running high for Notre Dame on Saturday night as the Irish were on the ropes against Temple throughout much of the second half before Deshone Kizer led his second game winning 4th quarter drive of his young career and it bubbled over on the Irish sidelines.
Brian Kelly has had a history of sideline outbursts in the past at Notre Dame earning the nickname “Purple Faced Kelly” on forums and blogs, but over the last few years we’ve seen a kinder, gentler Brian Kelly on the Irish sidelines before Saturday night’s exchange with David Grimes.
As this video makes the rounds on Sunday there is sure to be a lot of talk of this on the internet and on the air waves so we are likely going to hear a lot more about this. Kelly is almost certainly going to be asked about it again on Sunday during his weekly Sunday presser as well and you can bet that he has had a talk about Jack Swarbrick about this since the conclusion of last night’s contest as well. In fact, I’d be surprised if we didn’t hear Kelly make a comment apologizing for the incident and stating something along the lines of him needing to have more control of himself on the sidelines on Sunday.