Notre Dame’s third straight 10-win season netted Brian Kelly a contract extension. No surprise. But the timing of the announcement was unusual.
The Irish on Saturday announced Kelly’s extension through 2024 after the first quarter of its season opener against Duke. (And what a bad first quarter it was, as the Irish were outgained 151-7.)
“These terms were agreed upon in December and we planned the subsequent announcement for the Blue-Gold game in April,” athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a release. “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.”
Swarbrick said Kelly will lead the program “for the foreseeable future.”