Notre Dame announces five-year extension for Kelly

Notre Dame announces five-year extension for Kelly
August 31, 2013, 5:30 pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — On the day Brian Kelly earned win No. 200 as a head coach, Notre Dame announced his long-awaited contract extension.

Kelly's new deal is for five years, and if he stays in South Bend for the duration of it would run through 2017.

"When we come to an agreement, it's not necessarily that within it I get a lunch stipend on Tuesdays and Thursdays," Kelly said. "It's about that we're all together in this contract about moving the program forward."

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Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the deal "ensures that Brian will continue to provide the leadership that has fundamentally changed this program, restored it, given it the foundation that it needs for continued success in the future."

No further details of the contract extension were provided outside of the length. Earlier in August, Kelly said a deal was "imminent," and it's been in the works since last December, before the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles courted Kelly for their head coaching position.

"By my signature on it, Father Jenkins' signature on it and Jack Swarbrick's signature on it, we've all agreed that the principles within this contract is that we're all in it together, and our voices, the communication was the huge piece for me," Kelly said. "That dialogue is open, and that's what I was looking for."