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Notre Dame and Brian Kelly agree to contract extension

After months of it being in the works, Notre Dame announced that they'd agreed to a contract extension with Brian Kelly today.

The new deal locks Kelly into South Bend through the 2024 season.

Originally, the plan was to announce the new contract at the end of spring ball, but COVID threw those plans a significant curve ball.

"We are pleased to be able to have Brian lead our football program for the foreseeable future,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick shared in a release. “These terms were agreed upon in December and we planned the subsequent announcement for the Blue-Gold game in April. When the University transitioned to remote learning in March, we decided to wait to make this announcement until we were able to return our attention to football being back in action and I am happy to share this great news today.”

Kelly previously signed a 6-year contract extension back in January 2016, a year that ended with a disappointing 4-8 fall record.

This year will mark Kelly's 10th season in South Bend, and he's taken 9 of his team's to postseason play and ended seasons with double digit wins in five of those seasons, including one BCS Bowl game appearance (2012) and a College Football Playoff Semifinal appearance (2018).

He owns a 263-94-2 record as a head coach over the past 29 seasons at Grand Valley State (D-II - MI), Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Taking into account the vacated wins from the 2012 (12 wins) and 2013 seasons (9 wins), Kelly is 71-36 in his time with the Irish.

Irish Sports Daily's John Brice adds that offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and running backs coach Lance Taylor also received three-year deals. Rees' is reportedly worth $2 million and Taylor's is worth $1.5 million.

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