Brian Kelly is suddenly talking with a Southern accent

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If you live somewhere long enough, inevitably, you’ll assimilate to the local dialect. But accents don’t happen overnight, unless your new LSU football coach Brian Kelly, who spoke with a decidedly Southern twang when he addressed fans Wednesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

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Kelly, it should be noted, is from Chelsea, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb. And while Kelly hasn’t lived in the Northeast in quite some time, his previous coaching assignments were at Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Central Michigan. If anything, he should have a Midwest accent. Not whatever this is.

While it didn’t sit well with everyone (particularly those in South Bend), it’s easy to see why Kelly would defect to LSU, a school with lower academic standards and—theoretically—a clearer path to the national championship than Notre Dame, where he finished as the winningest coach in school history. The $95 million LSU offered him probably didn’t hurt either.

College coaches have to be chameleons to a certain degree, pitching recruits from all over the country. But this new, Southern version of Kelly is going to take some getting used to.

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