LSU head coach Brian Kelly had some strong words about instant replay claiming that it “is ruining the game.”
In his Monday press conference where he addressed questions about the team’s upcoming matchup against Ole Miss as well as their last game against Florida, Kelly was asked about a Brian Thomas catch that was overturned.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Thomas appeared to make a catch on the sidelines. He had at least one foot down and almost every part of his body lands on the field except for his helmet. However, the catch was deemed incomplete after an official review.
Kelly addressed the question saying, “There were some things that happened in that game just, you know — my biggest concern is that we’re just slowing the game down.”
“Look, we got to pay the bills, I get it,” he said. “It’s four-three, four-three with timeouts. That’s not going away or we’re going to be, obviously, not paying anybody anything. But to stop the game for so many reviews and most of them to be the play stands as called, it just takes away the flow of the game.”
“Hopefully, it’s something that we can look at at the end of the season,” he continued. “Maybe it can be instant replay on scoring plays only or change of possession and then if you feel like that it’s egregious, throw your red flag out there.”
Kelly then reiterated, “It just feels like it’s slowing the game down. But that’ll be a topic that we can have after the season ends.”
However, he wasn’t keen on just talking about it after the season ends as he would address the numerous instant replays that took place during the game including a fumble by Florida’s quarterback Anthony Richardson towards the end of the game that was eventually ruled an incomplete pass.
On his weekly radio show, The Brian Kelly Show, Kelly was asked, “The strip and the fumble that was not to be after review, any clarification on that because I thought I knew the rule, but maybe I don’t. After watching replays I must have been wrong.”
Kelly replied, “You know the rule. You know the rule. So here’s how it was explained to us. If you break it down to the milliseconds by a frame, his hand is slightly moving forward by a frame. If we’re going to get to that level, it’s amazing. Instant replay is ruining the game, essentially.”
“It’s ruining the game,” he reiterated. “Listen, I don’t know if you guys know this, but we go four timeouts, three timeouts, four timeouts, three timeouts. I know we’ve got to pay the bills, I get that. But then instant replay comes in all the time. Nine out of ten times it’s the call stands on the field unless it’s an LSU call. I just think they don’t like the guy from up north, you know.”
Kelly’s comments aren’t sour grapes either. His LSU Tigers defeated the Florida Gators 45-35. LSU’s quarterback Jayden Daniels went 23-32 for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also rushed 14 times for 44 yards and three touchdowns.
LSU put up 528 yards of offensive with a total of 28 first downs.
What do you make of Kelly’s comments? Do you think instant replay is ruining the game?
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