Notre Dame extends Brian Kelly deal
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Brian Kelly recorded his 200th career win as a head coach Saturday. He also received a five-year contract extension.
Notre Dame announced Kelly's extension through the 2017 season following the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish's 28-6 win against Temple, ending nearly eight months of speculation of when that might happen.
Kelly had decided to return to Notre Dame for 2013 after meeting with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles shortly following the Irish's loss to Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship. The school had said since then that they were working on an extension.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Saturday that the deal had been signed this week, though he would not get into specifics as it relates to the potential restructuring of Kelly's current deal, which had him locked up through the 2016 season anyway.
Both 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."
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