Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly explains sideline altercation with assistant (Video)

During Notre Dame’s 24-20 victory against Temple on Saturday, coach Brian Kelly was caught on the sideline grabbing and shoving assistant coach David Grimes.

Grimes, a former Irish wide receiver, was jawing with an official on the sideline when Kelly rushed over, grabbed him by his jacket and pushed him backward in what Kelly called an attempt to “control the sideline.”

"David was going to get us a 15-yard penalty," Kelly said during his postgame press conference. "I have to control the sideline. I wasn't going to let that happen. He got a little too close and I backed him up out of the way to make sure we didn't get a 15-yard penalty."

Scroll to continue with content

Notre Dame strength and conditioning coordinator Paul Longo stepped in between Kelly and Grimes to calm the situation, and senior defensive tackle Sheldon Day hugged Grimes and pulled him backward.

Grimes, who played for the Irish from 2005-08, has been an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Kelly since 2012.

For more Notre Dame news, visit

- - - - - - -

Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter!

And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook