Notre Dame getting bang for its buck with Brian Kelly

Notre Dame getting bang for its buck with Brian Kelly
August 4, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Does Notre Dame have the best coach for the money in college football?

Forbes Magazine says so.

Taking into consideration Sagarin win percentage and the coach's share of football expenses, Forbes ranked Brian Kelly as the best college football coach for the money. Given the salary Forbes listed for Kelly ($1.08 million), Notre Dame's 21-5 record over the last two years and an 88.4 Sagarin win percentage, Kelly beat out the likes of Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Alabama's Nick Saban for the top spot.

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Notre Dame doesn't publicly provide salaries for its coaches but ESPN reported Kelly earned just under $1.5 million in 2012, and he signed a contract extension last year. Kelly's salary does not include money received from outside sources, such as radio, TV and apparel deals.

Kelly has been extremely valuable to Notre Dame over the last few seasons, as he's proved to be the first coach since Lou Holtz who's been able to deal with the distractions and limitations of coaching Notre Dame while still developing a rock-solid program.