Brian Kelly puts CFP committee on notice, hints at rejecting bid
SOUTH BEND, Ind -- Just hours before the ACC Championship in Charlotte, NC, Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly put the College Football Playoff Committee on notice.
“I'm not sure we'll play in the playoffs, if parents can't be there, to be honest with you. Why would we play? If you can't have the families at the game," said Kelly.
In his final press conference before the undefeated Irish take on rival Clemson, Kelly spoke out against the possibility of not having any fans and parents in attendance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, one of the sites of this year's playoff.
A few weeks ago, that mandate was announced citing COVID-19 restrictions.
An idea that doesn't sit well with the Irish coach, who even suggested the playoff committee change the location of the semifinal game.
"Why can't they have the Rose Bowl in Las Vegas? Where's the flexibility for the student-athletes? I am so sick and tired of this playoff committee talking about having games at sites where you can't have parents at, it's ridiculous," said Kelly.
He said the Irish were focused on the task at hand and would discuss it with his players once the playoff seedings were set.
"If we're fortunate enough to be one of the four teams. It's going to be a topic," said Kelly.
Notre Dame plays Clemson for the ACC Championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ABC57.