Dick Vitale calls out Brian Kelly, Lincoln Riley for 'walking away' from their players

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By , Audacy Sports

At least one prominent voice in college sports isn't happy with the recent coaching shuffle in college football.

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Legendary college hoops announcer Dick Vitale took to social media on Friday to vent his frustration over the departures of Brian Kelly and Lincoln Riley from Notre Dame and Oklahoma, respectively.

The 82-year-old Vitale, who has called fewer games in recent years amid a series of health issues, lamented that Kelly and Riley seemed to prioritize money over "what is right" despite already being well-compensated by their former schools.

"Brian Kelly & Lincoln Riley leaving Notre Dame and Oklahoma," Vitale said on Twitter. "wonder how can u just walk away from players that gave heart/soul/blood to at the most vital time of the year . Yes to some $$$ count more than what is right / it wasn’t like they were starving making millions ."

Kelly was lured from South Bend with a reported 10-year, $95 million contract from LSU. Riley, meanwhile, was lavished with a deal reportedly worth around $110 million.

Neither of them is the first coach to leave their old program in a lurch, but the way both cases played out left some fans and alum with hard feelings.

Kelly's move leaked at least a day before he informed Notre Dame players at a brief, hastily arranged early-morning meeting. Riley meanwhile agreed to terms with USC just hours after he issued a seemingly stern but carefully worded denial about his interest in coaching LSU.

"I"m not going to be the next head coach at LSU," Riley told reporters after Oklahoma's loss to Oklahoma State on Nov. 27.

What Riley conveniently omitted from his declaration was "or anywhere else."

At their introductory press conferences, both Kelly and Riley cited the virtually bottomless resources of their new programs as one of the reasons for making the move.

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