Sunday, February 17, 2013
Swarbrick: Extension normal process
By Matt Fortuna
CHICAGO — There is nothing new to report on a contract extension for Brian Kelly, Jack Swarbrick said Sunday. The Notre Dame head coach and athletic director started discussions in December and are confident something will get done, however distant in the future that may be.
"It's just a normal process," Swarbrick said at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field. "We started in December and it'll get wrapped up. There's absolutely nothing notable about it. It's moving at the — I'll beat my pace with Mike Brey. It took me what? Took me about a year with Mike. I'll do better, I promise."
Swarbrick was referring to the Irish men's basketball coach, who turned down overtures from other schools following the 2011 season but did not officially sign an extension until June 2012, keeping him at Notre Dame through the 2021-22 season.
Swarbrick extended Kelly's contract for two more years after the 2011 season, locking him up through the 2016 season.
Kelly interview with the Philadelphia Eagles days after Notre Dame's Jan. 7 loss to Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship but opted to stay with the Irish.