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LSU Head Football Coach Brian Kelly recently sat down with WAFB TV in Baton Rouge and discussed many pre-season topics about LSU football, but he made a splash nationally when he started talking about NIL and the transfer portal.

In an exclusive interview with Jacques Doucet of WAFB, Kelly said:

“I think I made it pretty clear in a number of the press conferences that I had that we were in the market in recruiting and the transfer portal looking for defensive lineman,” Kelly said. “It hasn’t fared very well, quite frankly, because we’re selling something a little bit differently. And that is, we want to recruit, we want to engage, build relationships, we want to develop, retain and have success. 

In a very strong statement, Kelly reiterated:

We will develop you, we will get you ready for the next step… but if you’re just looking to get paid, you’re looking in the wrong place. If you like all the things that we do here in developing our players, bringing you into a championship program, playing in front of the best fanbase in America, playing for championships and having an opportunity for NIL, you should be a Tiger. But if you just want to get paid, this is not the place for you.” 

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Reactions to Kelly's comnents, who is entering his third season as Head Coach at LSU, have been critical.

You can watch Coach Kelly's entire interview below.

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