Brian Kelly said earlier this year he’d like to retire at Notre Dame, and his AD concurs with that statement.
In an interview with The Athletic, Irish AD Jack Swarbrick said this:
Brian was up front in March with Pete Thamel that he’d like to do the last three years of his contract and then two more years. Is that something that’s in negotiations already or is a front-burner topic for you?
Jack Swarbrick: Brian and I both want Brian to retire here. We’re always in discussions about how to make sure that happens on a timetable that works for him.
Kelly already outlined the timetable that works for him–one more half decade. He has three years left on his remaining contract, and he told Yahoo he’d like to see two years added on to that, then call it quits.
“I think if I’m fortunate enough to go five more years here, I would be very happy,” he said at the time.
This season marks Year 10 for Kelly in South Bend, making one of just five Notre Dame coaches to last a full decade, the most recent being Lou Holtz, who left in 1996. The coaches in between Holtz and Kelly–Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis–lasted five, three and five years.
Should Kelly see his vision become reality, he would pass the legendary Knute Rockne as the longest tenured head coach in Notre Dame history. Rockne lasted 13 years from 1918-30, going 105-12-5.
In terms of total games coached, Kelly is tied for third with Ara Parseghian with 116 games, trailing only Rockne’s 122 and Holtz’s 132. Assuming Notre Dame makes a bowl game (a safe assumption, since Notre Dame has missed only once under Kelly), Kelly will pass Holtz in the fourth game of the Fighting Irish’s 2020 season, against Wake Forest in Charlotte on Sept. 26.
Kelly is also on track to become the winningest head coach in Irish history. Rockne’s 105 stands as the current record and, assuming you ignore the NCAA’s silly win-vacating policy, Kelly currently stands at 81.