When LSU decided to hire Brian Kelly to replace Ed Orgeron as the program’s head coach, it was immediately viewed as an odd fit.

Kelly is from Massachusetts. He’s spent his entire coaching career in the midwest, including the last 12 years at Notre Dame.

The feeling is that Kelly realized he couldn’t win a national championship at Notre Dame, so that’s why he wanted out. LSU, on the other hand, needed to make a big hire after watching Orgeron fall flat two years in a row (after going 15-0 in 2019).

LSU athletic director Scott Woodward had interest in Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley (who eventually landed at USC). Kelly, however, ended up being the best “big name” coach that Woodward could land.

There’s no doubt that Kelly is a good coach. But he’s also been on the verge of having things fall apart before at Notre Dame (that 4-8 season in 2016 is a stain on Kelly’s resumé).

LSU is a different beast than Notre Dame. A 4-8 season will get you fired in Baton Rouge. Coach O won a natty two years ago and now he’s essentially doing TV interviews about Joe Burrow as a full-time job. There will be no honeymoon at LSU for Kelly.

Unfortunately for Kelly, he’s already had some red flags during his first few months on the job — and we’re not even talking about his brutal fake southern accent.

Here are three signs we’ve already seen from Kelly that lead us to believe he’s doomed to fail as the Tigers’ head coach.

Dec 1, 2021; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Newly named LSU Tigers head football coach Brian Kelly answers media questions after being introduced in a press conference at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Dennis-USA TODAY Sports

1. Letting cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond leave for Florida

Corey Raymond has been an intricate part of LSU’s coaching staff for nearly 10 years.

And Kelly let him go to Florida…the Tigers’ SEC East crossover opponent every year.

Raymond, a New Iberia, LA native who played at LSU, is the reason the Tigers have the reputation of being “DBU”. He’s recruited numerous star players to LSU, including Derek Stingley, Elias Ricks (now at Alabama), Kristian Fulton, Grant Delpit, Sage Ryan, Jamal Adams, Tre’Davious White, and Donte Jackson, among many others.

There isn’t a better man to coach cornerbacks in Baton Rouge.

Kelly, though, let Raymond walk and replaced him with someone who has never coached cornerbacks at the collegiate level. Robert Steeples, the Tigers’ new cornerbacks coach, was an assistant special teams coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 2021. Before that, he was a high school in Missouri for five seasons.

Tigers fans should be furious at this move. There’s no reasonable explanation that excuses Kelly for letting a key assistant, who has LSU in his blood, leave for a rival.