Notre Dame fans have been anything but happy about where their team stands at this point in the season. However, it appears Notre Dame football players may be feeling the same way.
Jerry Tillery, one of Notre Dame’s better defensive linemen, had an interesting string of likes on Twitter recently. All of them appear to have the same general theme — bringing Les Miles to the Fighting Irish.
One tweet reads, “Les Miles head of coach of Notre Dame please.” Another tweet said, “Brian Kelly’s time at Notre Dame is done. Time to bring on the Les Miles era.”
Les Miles was fired recently after coaching the LSU Tigers for 12 years. He led the Tigers to one national championship and two SEC titles during his tenure.
After another frustrating loss at the hands of Stanford tonight, it isn’t hard to see why fans would be calling for a new coach. What’s surprising is an active player on the team liking these very public posts that anyone can see.
Like, the coach whom you are currently playing under.
Tillery isn’t a stranger to being in coach Kelly’s doghouse. Last year, he was suspended from participating in the Fiesta Bowl for violating team rules. The Irish lost that game against Ohio State, 44-28.
Notre Dame has dealt with their high expectations poorly. After being ranked No. 10 in the preseason AP Poll, head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have fallen out of the poll entirely. They are currently languishing at 2-5, losing four of their last five games.
While likes on Twitter may not be endorsements (despite that disclaimer being missing from Tillery’s account), it appears that coach Kelly has lost some people in the locker room, which doesn’t bode well for his standing with the team.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Notre Dame, facing three teams currently ranked in the AP Poll the rest of the season. Kelly faces an uphill battle to turnaround the season quickly. If he’s not successful, those subtle likes may turn into outright statements of dissent from his locker room.
— Daniel Tran
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