Indeed the opposite. Obviously Brey is a great guy where as Kelly seems to go out of his way to be an ass.
I’m really more interested in results.
For a myriad of reasons Brey deserves to be cut more slack than Kelly, but that still does not excuse Brey for some of the bad NCAAT losses to mid majors and the fact he has only beaten a better seed in the NCAAT once. Kelly has much more pressure to win in the regular season and in 2 seasons he ran the table. Beating teams like Oklahoma on the road or Michigan at home are the equivalent of sweet 16 or elite 8 wins in college basketball. Struggling to beat Pittsburgh at home is the equivalent of struggling to beat Northeastern or SF Austin in the NCAAT.
record. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but Brey's record against top 10 opponents is likely considerably better than Kelly's. Especially when eliminating outlier years.
Brey is more likable for the reasons in the OP. That can lead to overstating the case for him at times. Brey has shortcomings, and the tournament record compared to regular season accomplishments is one of those. If we're just looking at Kelly's bowl history and comparing that to Brey, that makes some sense. Although when Brey has been drilled by elite teams in the tournament, he did not have contending teams. Whereas Kelly's best teams have been drilled.
But if we're opening up Kelly's regular seasons, then it would only be fair to note Brey's, including his record against elite teams and elite coaches. That would likely compare more favorably to someone like Dantonio, whose success against elite opponents (say final Top 10 teams, or--on the basketball side that plus--teams that went to the elite 8 or simply eventual national champions) is much better than Kelly's despite having much less talent.
On Wimbush, after the 2017 Miami loss:
"Well, you know, first big game atmosphere, being able to get into his optimal zone. He obviously didn't perform at the level that he wants to perform at, and that he quite frankly needs to perform at."
"The third [interception] with respect to Brandon, again, just a late throw, one that's got to come out sooner. It was thrown behind Chase. So that's just being more accurate and being on time with the throw."
And let's not forget the way he treated Laken Litman after the Georgia loss in 2017, which is something you'd NEVER see Mike Brey do.
criticism of how Kelly treats his players are exaggerated. Your examples are extremely weak in terms of falling within the description of “throwing players under the bus”.
I don't know what you mean by that.
You think the way we describe the fan base's love for Brey is exaggerated? Or that the way in which we talk about his love for the his players is exaggerated?
If you don't think Brian Kelly is an asshole, that's fine. But I imagine we'd disagree on many, many things if that's the case.
I guess the lesson here is that being a good person, and actually caring about the people you're surrounded by, you can buy some goodwill that helps you weather tough times. Who knew?
Well, actually, pretty much everybody knows this. And that the opposite (i.e., being such a dick that nobody even wants to celebrate good times with you) is also true. Which is why we're so hard on Brian Kelly all the time.