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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ripped for language in USF loss

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

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Updated: November 9, 2011 12:02PM

The controversy swirling around Brian Kelly doesn’t relate to his team’s 23-20 loss to South Florida on Saturday as much as his demeanor on the sideline.

The Notre Dame coach is being taken to task for expletive-laden sideline rants captured by NBC cameras during the game. The National Catholic Register asked whether Kelly should be fired. Other Internet articles demanded as much after Kelly’s face turned as purple as the stormy skies above Notre Dame Stadium when quarterback Tommy Rees’ pass to TJ Jones bounced off Jones’ helmet and was intercepted at the South Florida 4-yard line in the third quarter.

Kelly berated Jones after he came to the sideline with words that didn’t require a lip reader to interpret.

Kelly said Tuesday that the loss was the most frustrating of his 28-year coaching career. When first asked about his sideline deportment by a Sun-Times reporter, Kelly seemed defensive: “Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody? Is that what you’re referring to? I’m asking specifically what you’re referring to.”

After the question was clarified, the second-year Notre Dame coach acknowledged that he needs to ­remain more composed.

“I was extremely frustrated with the game,” Kelly said. “What I have to recognize is that I’m on TV all the time. [I need to] do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me. It seems like it’s on more than I’m used to. So I’ll have to do a better job of controlling my ­emotions.”

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