Forget about all of the suggestions from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly about this year potentially being different for the Fighting Irish. A year after a number of close calls going against Notre Dame, Kelly promised this season will be different, but after a one-point loss at home to Georgia Saturday night, Kelly got flustered by a question from the media and walked out in a very familiar fashion.
The reporter not backing down from the bullish Kelly was Laken Litman of The Indianapolis Star. As Litman profiled in her story from the game, there was a familiar feeling for Irish fans watching Notre Dame come up short in a close battle. Here is the transcript of the exchange between Kelly and Litman before Kelly took an exit stage left.
Reporter: Obviously you made a ton of changes, changed the culture, everything. But obviously, you lost and at the very end, kind of like last year, seven of eight losses, how do you…
Kelly: What’s the question?
Reporter: I’m getting to it.
Kelly: Well, get to the question.
Reporter: How do you keep this from snowballing?
Kelly: It’s not going to snowball. Next question.
Reporter: Well, what exactly will be different, I guess?
Kelly: There’s nothing different. I go to work every day, and I coach my football team.
Kelly: Is that — is that good enough for you?
Reporter: Yeah, I was just asking about how it was different from last year’s losing by one possession.
Reporter: Tonight was also like that, so I was just wondering.
Kelly: Losing by one possession?
Kelly: No, it was one point.
Kelly was obviously flustered in the aftermath of a tough home loss dropping his team to 1-1. How else can you explain Kelly suggesting a one-point loss is not a one-possession game?