Kelly led Irish defense during 1970s

Updated: March 4, 2003, 1:28 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- George Kelly, a 17-year assistant football coach at Notre Dame under Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Gerry Faust, has died at age 75.

Kelly died at his home Monday after a short illness, the university said.

Kelly was hired by Parseghian as Notre Dame's linebacker coach in 1969, and continued as an assistant until joining the athletic administration staff in 1986.

Notre Dame's defense ranked among the top 10 six times during Kelly's tenure, including ...

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