Head coach Brian Kelly agrees to new contract with Notre Dame

Apr 20, 2013; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly waits to lead his team onto the field for the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame has been a completely different program (toward the positive) under the guidance of head coach Brian Kelly, and on Saturday, he was reportedly rewarded for his efforts.

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports is reporting that Kelly and Notre Dame have mutually agreed on a new contract that will take Kelly through the 2017 season in South Bend. Terms haven’t released yet, but according to Feldman, the new deal had been up for discussion since the Irish’s appearance in the National Championship Game, and it will be a “sweetened” deal for Kelly.

For me, Kelly is on the short list of “top-level” coaches in the country, and his record since arriving at Notre Dame speaks for itself. In 3 seasons, the Irish have 28 wins, and despite their fate against Alabama last year, Notre Dame was a high-level squad for the entirety of the 2012 season.

It will be very, very interesting to see what kind of financial bump that Kelly is getting with this deal, for nothing else than to compare it to the extremely high benchmark that the SEC has set with coaching contracts. Notre Dame finished off Temple by a 28-6 mark to start the season, and the Brian Kelly era is rocking and rolling in South Bend.

 

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