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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly: Staffer liked tweet about firing DC Brian VanGorder

By The Sports Xchange

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pointed the finger at a staffer managing his personal Twitter account for "liking" a comment suggesting the Fighting Irish fire defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

"I have a number of people that manage my Twitter account," Kelly said during a Sunday teleconference. "Just obviously going through it, somebody unfortunately made a mistake as they were scrolling through, inadvertently hit it and just a mistake, an unfortunate mistake that was made by one of my staff members."

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Kelly's official account, @CoachBrianKelly, liked a tweet from user @Kevin_Coughlan after Saturday's 36-28 home loss to Michigan State, in which Coughlan suggested Kelly shake up his coaching staff and fire VanGorder. Notre Dame has allowed 32 points per game and fell out of the Top 25 rankings Sunday.

Kelly said execution, not scheme or personnel, is the problem for the Irish. Kelly said firing VanGorder, who is in his third season in the position, is "not even part of the conversation."

"I mean, this is not rocket science what we're talking about here. These are plays that we've got to continue to work on and fundamentally get better at," Kelly said. "There's not a question about scheme. There's not a question about who's leading it with Brian. This is about coaching, communicating and teaching the fundamentals and getting our young players, those that don't have a lot of experience, better at execution."

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