Brian Kelly's Twitter account 'inadvertently' likes tweet about firing Brian VanGorder


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The tweets from Notre Dame football fans calling for the firing of Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder were so prevalent after Saturday night's 36-28 loss to Michigan State that one tweet managed to be "liked" by head coach Brian Kelly's Twitter account.

The tweet, sent from the Twitter handle @Kevin_Coughlan, read as follows: "@CoachBrianKelly time to shake up the staff, Coach. Clearly it's not working. #FireVangorder."

The status of the tweet, which no longer includes a like from Kelly's account, was identified by multiple reporters Sunday morning. Kelly said on his weekly teleconference Sunday afternoon that he wasn't the one who hit the like button on the tweet.

"I have a number of people that manage my Twitter account," Kelly said. "Obviously, going through it somebody unfortunately made a mistake as they were scrolling through, inadvertently hit it. Just a mistake, an unfortunate mistake, that was made by one of my staff members."

Kelly continued to back VanGorder during the teleconference, saying he's confident his program has the right scheme and coordinator on defense.

Among other issues, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly probably wants to address who does his Twitter likes.

— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) September 18, 2016

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, left, and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder together on the sideline during the Notre Dame-Nevada NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN