If Notre Dame decides to move on from Brian Kelly, sophomore defensive tackle Jerry Tillery appears to have a favorite in mind to replace him: former LSU head coach Les Miles.
Tillery’s Twitter account, @JerryTillery, liked three tweets last week suggesting Miles should become the next head coach of the Irish.
“Brian Kelly’s time at Notre Dame is done,” one tweet from Oct. 8 read. “Time to bring on the Les Miles era.”
None of the tweets even mentioned Tillery’s Twitter account, so whoever liked the tweets had to come across them in a different way. The status of the tweets was discovered when the Twitter account @CardChronicle shared them Saturday night.
Tillery tweeted Sunday afternoon: "Likes don't = endorsements. We're committed to this team and these coaches. #goirish." He has since removed the likes.
Notre Dame's best defensive lineman has some interesting recent likes. pic.twitter.com/R9qQ6oriTJ— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) October 16, 2016
Tillery’s history with Miles spans back to his time as a recruit out of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy. Tillery gave Notre Dame an early verbal commitment, but he was a frequent visitor at LSU, who tried to flip him from the Irish in the 2015 recruiting class.
In 2014, Tillery told ND Insider he became good friends with one of Miles’ sons. He met Manny Miles, then a quarterback at University Lab in Baton Rouge, when they played against each other in 2012.
“Anytime I'm in Baton Rouge or he's in Shreveport, I give him a call,” Tillery said in 2014.
On Sunday, Kelly was asked for his reaction to Tillery liking those tweets. He said he wasn't aware of it, and also don't make much of it.
"Jerry's been a committed player," Kelly said. "I've got a great relationship with Jerry, so I haven't seen anything from him, nor has he said anything to me that he's not committed to playing here at Notre Dame and for me, for that matter."
Earlier this season, Kelly’s Twitter account liked a tweet suggesting defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder should be fired following the loss to Michigan State. Kelly said it was an “unfortunate mistake” made by one of his staff members who handle the account and liked it inadvertently.