Willie Robertson Reacts to LSU Coach Brian Kelly’s New Southern Accent: Exclusive

by Jonathan Howard
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Outsider’s own Marty Smith had Willie Robertson on his podcast to talk about all sorts of things. Including Brian Kelly’s new accent.

The college football world was shaken up at the end of the regular season. Brian Kelly made his way from South Bend, Indiana to Cajun Country down in Baton Rouge. Tigers fans are pretty excited about their new coach.

While Willie Robertson was talking with Marty Smith, they took a few minutes to talk about his introduction at the LSU basketball game. The coach infamously had a strange new southern accent when he took the microphone.

“[Laughs] I have got to go down,” Robertson said in amusement. “I’ve got to get myself to Baton Rouge so I can help him with some of the dialect. That was the funniest thing… So that was kind of interesting. Boy, he’s gonna have to really win now. He’s gonna have to win some ball games.”

Since it happened, folks have been trying to figure out why Kelly did it. There’s no way a Massachusetts native thought he was going to come down south and pretend to be one of the people. Surely, it must have been a heat-of-the-moment situation. That’s what Willie is chalking it up to.

“I don’t know maybe he got caught up in it,” the Duck Dynasty star said. “I mean, maybe he just got caught up and started trying to speak the local speak I guess. He was drawing everything. He had his long drawls out. That was pretty impressive.”

Willie Robertson ‘Pulling’ For Brian Kelly at LSU

While Willie Robertson thought the whole accent change was strange and funny like the rest of us, that doesn’t mean he isn’t rooting for the new coach. Of course, Robertson is all about Louisiana. So, it makes sense that he’s a Tigers fan.

It is going to be a long wait until the next college football season, but Robertson is ready to see what the new ball coach does down in Baton Rouge.

“I’m excited about him being there,” Robertson continued. “I think it will be interesting to see what… how that’s going to work out. There’s so much going on right now, so it will be interesting to see. But hey, if you’re the [winningest] coach in Notre Dame history, that’s a pretty big deal.”

One thing that Willie Robertson, and likely the entire LSU fanbase would like to see: keep Louisiana recruits home. In a rich recruiting area like the Pelican State, a lot of good recruits get snagged by big programs.

“Well, the whole state is rich [in talent],” Robertson responded to Smith. “And Nick Saban knows that because he keeps coming over back to Louisiana and pulling all these boys over there to Alabama. I’d like to see more of them stay here… I’m pulling for him.”