For the second day in a row, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was asked about his players faking injuries in the UGA loss.
For the second day in a row, Kelly was in full-denial mode.
The latest Kelly comments occurred in Notre Dame’s press conference on Monday, in advance of this weekend’s game against Virginia:
Q. Coach, on the CBS broadcast Gary Danielson accused your program and Jeremiah Owuso Koramoah faking an injury. I wanted to see if you could give us your take on what happened there, and your reaction to that.
“Well, I don’t know where that really comes from. You know, our protocol is if any player has suffered an injury and they’re not feeling right, we want them to go down. We want them to get medical attention. We have a medical spotter that is communicating with our trainers, and we don’t want to risk anybody that’s not feeling right. So I’m proud of our guys that they have, you know, made sure that that procedure is followed correctly. We’re not going to fake injuries. We’re a tempo team. We’re going to make sure that protocol is followed based upon what our training staff wants under those conditions.”
What’s that saying? If you say something repeatedly long enough, then some people will eventually believe it?
Not sure if any UGA fans will go for it, as many were eye-witnesses for the alleged fake injuries in the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs’ 23-17 win over then-No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday. The topic has gone viral — far beyond both teams’ fanbases — because Saturday’s game was shown in primetime on CBS across the nation.
During the game, Irish flops were a big deal because – both times – they gave their defense much-needed breathers in the second half with UGA effectively running a fast-tempo offense.
After the second fake injury, CBS broadcasters even suggested that Notre Dame could be flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Even the normally-unflappable UGA quarterback Jake Fromm was visibly upset about the second flop.
Back to Kelly: One day earlier (Sunday), the Notre Dame coach bristled when asked about his players faking injuries, saying in part, “I’ve seen games against us where there have been many, many more (stoppages of play due to injured opponents), so I’m not even sure why you’re asking the question.”
UPDATE: You’ve probably already seen the two plays in question, but there was another angle of the first fake injury directly below. On this video, you can see a second Notre Dame player (No. 20) starting to fall down, apparently via instructions from the sideline, before realize No. 6 would take the dive.
It is Monday, September 23rd and Notre Dame still fakes injuries.
If you look at number 20 you’ll see we almost got a 2-for-1 special on this play! pic.twitter.com/m1Xd3NxPXU
— Barstool UGA (@ugabarstool) September 23, 2019
Here’s the two plays again:
So Notre Dame blatantly just faked an injury. pic.twitter.com/OCWycBRjej
— Connor O'Gara (@cjogara) September 22, 2019
Second assumed faked injury of the night for Notre Dame. (CBS) pic.twitter.com/8GJSn3FJnZ
— Pep Talk Sports (@PepTalkSports) September 22, 2019