Notre Dame and Brian Kelly agree to extension
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and head football coach Brian Kelly agree to a contract extension on Saturday.
According to ESPN.com, Notre Dame announced Kelly’s extension after the Fighting Irish won their first game of the season over Temple, 28-6 on Saturday. Kelly’s deal lasts through the 2017 season.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Saturday that the deal had been signed this week. Swarbrick and Kelly said the new deal was about a shared vision for the program moving forward.
“I think getting to where we are today, especially with last year, reflected a lot of that,” Swarbrick said of everyone being on the same page. “This was more sort of long term, what we see the program like in three, four, five, six years.”
According to CBS Sports, Kelly led Notre Dame to the BCS Championship Game last year in his third season with the Fighting Irish. Before Kelly came to Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish hadn’t finished in the top 10 since 2005.
Kelly also earned his 200th coaching victory on Saturday.