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Brian Kelly Threw His Notre Dame Players Under The Bus

Brian Kelly speaking at a press conference.

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Brian Kelly blamed Saturday's loss to Duke directly on his players.

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame's 54-year-old coach paid more than $1 million/year, did not hold back in his post-game press conference following the Fighting Irish's embarrassing 38-35 loss to Duke on Saturday.

"Coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today," Kelly said.

Considering the coaches paid ridiculously-high salaries are the ones responsible for the players, that's a strange statement to make publicly.

That's not all he said, though.

Kelly also said DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame's starting quarterback, played "below standard" and was "not acceptable." Kizer threw for 381 yards and rushed for 60, but turned the ball over twice. Kelly added that Notre Dame's backup, Brandon Wimbush, might play this season after expecting to redshirt. "That's a possibility. That's a definite possibility," Kelly said.

Every starting position is now up for grabs, according to Kelly.

"Every position, all 22 of them, will be evaluated," Kelly said. "Each and every position. There is no position that is untouchable on this football team. And that's the quarterback, all the way down to -- maybe the long snapper's OK. We're not going to touch him. But everybody else is vulnerable."

You can watch Kelly's full post-game press conference below.

Notre Dame (1-3) is set to host Syracuse next Saturday.