Dec 1, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers football head coach Brian Kelly speaks to the fans at halftime between the LSU Tigers and the Ohio Bobcats at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The saga that brought Brian Kelly from Notre Dame to LSU was wild enough. But that was before Kelly decided to show up at an LSU Tigers basketball game sporting a brand-new Southern accent.

Kelly, who hails from Boston and has spent much of his adult life working in the Midwest and Northeast, caught a lot of flack for his sudden and inexplicable Cajunification.

While LSU took on Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday evening, Kelly stopped by the ESPN booth to talk about the state of the program before he fully takes over. As part of his appearance, he was asked about his shifting accent (and viral dance moves) and his answer ended up somehow making things weirder.

“Whether it was dancing or I couldn’t get my accent down … listen, I’m from Boston. We don’t have strong accents,” Kelly said, asking America to forget everything that it knows about Boston.

Kelly followed that curious comment by explaining that he was simply trying to integrate himself into the LSU community.

“At the end of the day, this is really about, for me, I want to be a part of this community,” said Kelly. “I want to be a part of Louisiana. I want to really immerse myself in Louisiana and this community, and I’m so excited to be down here in Baton Rouge.”

If Kelly wins enough football games at LSU, he could talk in any accent he wants as far as Tigers fans are concerned. However, in the meantime, it’s probably best that he stop doing or discussing accents, lest he makes things any weirder than they already are.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to