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College football: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly gets contract extension

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during second half an NCAA college football game against Temple South Bend Ind. Saturday

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Temple in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Updated: October 2, 2013 6:55AM



SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly picked up the 200th victory of his career Saturday. And a new contract, to boot.

Notre Dame announced a contract extension for Kelly following the 28-6 victory against Temple. Kelly said it was a five-year deal, which would run through 2017. No other terms were released.

“I just think the contract is one that has involved the leadership of the university. Jack Swarbrick, (President) Father (John) Jenkins, we’ve all been in discussion about the future of the program,” Kelly said. “When we come to an agreement, it’s not necessarily that I get a lunch stipend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s about that we’re all together in this contract about moving the program forward.

“We’ve all decided that by signing this contract, we’re all in it together. That’s what I was looking for. By my signature on it, Father Jenkins’ signature on it and Jack Swarbrick’s signature on it, we all agree 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. That that dialogue is open. That’s what I was looking for.”

Kelly is in his fourth season with the Irish. With Saturday’s 28-6 victory against Temple, he improves to 29-11 at the school. Notre Dame has reached a bowl in each of his first three seasons, with last year ending with a loss to Alabama in the BCS national title game.

“(The contract) 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,” Swarbrick said.

“… We couldn’t be more pleased.”



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