Notre Dame topped Vanderbilt 22-17 in a hard-fought game in South Bend last weekend. The battle between the team's head coaches has continued throughout the week.
It all started when Brian Kelly was asked yesterday about the performance of tight end Alize Mack against the Commodores. Mack only caught three passes for 25 yards, but he did a solid job blocking.
“Best game he’s ever played here,” Kelly said. “Now, when I say that, it’s the not wow you kind of game. He was in — I mean he was getting cut maliciously by their defensive end. It was bad football.
“It’s legal, but it’s bad football. It’s just bad football. And I have no problem saying it. You know, we’re so concerned about frontal cuts and we got a defensive end chopping him on every play, and he hung in there every play, was digging him out, blocking in line.”
Here are some examples of what Kelly was referring to.
Well, when Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason got a hold of Kelly's comments, he wasn't pleased. Mason didn't hold back in his response either.
Saying he didn't "really much care" about what Kelly thought, Mason said the ND coach could come see him if he had an issue.
Well then. Shots fired and returned.
It is too bad these two teams don't play more often. It would be fun to see these comments brought back up before another matchup.