WATCH: Brian Kelly addresses fake accent controversy during Texas Bowl
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WATCH: Brian Kelly addresses fake accent controversy during Texas Bowl

Tyler Mansfield01/04/22
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It’s already been established that Brian Kelly should stick to coaching football and not establishing accents. After making some remarks to the crowd at a LSU basketball game on Dec. 1 and using the word “family” with a forced Louisiana twang, the new Tigers head coach is continuing to talk about accents.

With his LSU team taking on Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on ESPN, Kelly – who’s not coaching the bowl game – joined the broadcast and was asked about the forced accent he used at the aforementioned basketball game. He laughed about it before going onto say that he’s from Boston and doesn’t have a strong accent.

“Whether it was dancing or I couldn’t get my accent down with ‘family’ … Listen, I’m from Boston. We don’t have strong accents,” Kelly said about the night he was introduced to the LSU crowd at the basketball game. “You can’t get onto me about my accent.”

LSU currently trails Kansas State 21-0 nearing halftime in the Texas Bowl.

LSU Tigers, Brian Kelly add quarterback coach to staff

The LSU Tigers have announced the hiring of Joe Sloan as the program’s next quarterback coach. Head coach Brian Kelly was able to pull him away from Louisiana Tech, where Sloan was for the past nine seasons.

Sloan began his stint in Ruston as the inside wide receivers coach in 2013 and was eventually named the recruiting coordinator in 2014. Kelly will be hiring somebody who has been recruiting in the state of Louisiana for a long time at a high success rate.

“Joe is an outstanding coach with a proven record of developing players on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said in a statement. “His ability to teach and develop quarterbacks was instrumental in the explosive offenses at Louisiana Tech for nearly a decade and I know he will do a great job of utilizing the skill players we have at LSU.

“He’s also an outstanding recruiter and having spent nine years at Louisiana Tech, he knows the talent our state produces each year. He’s built great relationships with high school coaches around the state which will help us keep the best players in Louisiana at home.”

“I am thankful to Coach Kelly for providing me the opportunity to coach at the best program in the country,” Sloan said. “LSU football is the gold standard, and I can’t wait to get to work helping win a championship. Louisiana is where we call home, and we’re so excited for our family to join the LSU and Baton Rouge community.”

On3’s Griffin McVeigh contributed to this report.