Brian Kelly, who was born and raised outside of Boston, was not from the South. He played at the Assumption of Mary, not even in the south. Kelly then trained in Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame – neither of which, as you guessed it, are in the south.

The bayou is a strong place, however, and it only took Kelly 48 hours to develop an amazingly strong southern accent. Strange.

This is hilariously bad. It’s Nicholas Cage bad in Con Air. It’s bad Lucas Black in Friday Night Lights. The whole thing is surreal. I can’t understand why Kelly thought he had to fake a southern accent just to ingratiate himself with Louisiana. Believe it or not, the southern folks are used to hearing people speak with different accents and they don’t hold it against them!

As someone who moved to North Carolina from Australia, I can attest that sometimes things are lost in translation. Sure, I had a classmate in college who thought I was a ski expert because they didn’t know the difference between Australia and Austria. Absolutely, there were times when people couldn’t understand what I was saying – but I never felt the need to go all out on Foghorn Leghorn to make friends.

Just in case you think everyone is attacking Brian Kelly, he deserves it. Jeff Darlington made a breakdown of Kelly’s statement “Family” TWO DAYS ago in Notre Dame, compared to the previous night.

I decided to go super investigative. Here Brian Kelly says “family” two days ago in Notre Dame … and Brian Kelly says “family” today at LSU. Some of my best work.

– Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 3, 2021

Huhu boy, this is going to be interesting to see. This week, Bomani Jones and Spencer Hall discussed that Kelly goes to LSU and why relationships really shouldn’t be intertwined.

So, aside from the cornball accent taken from a terrible acting class, how will fans receive Kelly’s “I haven’t even won all of MY games” statement? It’s been less than a week and he’s already preparing this to tell people it’s all about him. Sorry, let me translate this into Kelly’s new language … ahem.

I explain it wasn’t a week ago and Brian Kelly claps his gums and says it’s all about him. It’s enough to give me the fumes.

It’s okay Brian, you’ll soon learn how to “bless your heart”. It is a seemingly harmless phrase used in the South to mitigate the blow of an insult or simply to wink at those around you to convey your condemnation to them. So Brian, you really don’t have to pretend you’re from the south … bless your heart.


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