Irish AD gets Brian Kelly criticism

Updated: September 9, 2011, 4:58 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he wasn't surprised by the level of negative reaction to coach Brian Kelly's emotional outbursts during the Irish's 23-20 loss to South Florida on Saturday in South Bend.

Kelly, who called it one of the most frustrating losses of his career, was picked up by NBC cameras launching expletive-filled tirades at his players. He vowed during his Tuesday news conference to do a better job of controlling his emotions.

"I think Coach Kelly captured both of our reactions well in his comments at his press conference," Swarbrick told ESPN Chicago's Dave Juday on Thursday. "We're not surprised by the reaction, because ... we understand the passion of our fans, and ... we understand the expectations for representing the university.

"There are times we get frustrated in what we do and that boils over. And we had a little bit of that. We understand that we have to do a better job on the field and on the sidelines, and we're committed to doing that."

Swarbrick said he speaks to Kelly about all aspects of football weekends.

"But I think it needs to be kept in the context of an unusual day and circumstances, and I have every confidence that as we move forward we'll do better both on the field and on the sideline," he said.