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ND coach Brian Kelly signs extension through 2017

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

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

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Updated: October 2, 2013 6:47AM



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

Notre Dame announced an extension for Kelly after 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,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘Jack Swarbrick, [president] Father [John] Jenkins, we’ve all been in discussions about the future of the program. When we come to an agreement, it’s not necessarily that I get a lunch stipend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s about . . . moving the program forward [together].

“We’ve all decided that by signing this contract, we’re all in it together. . . . And our voices, the communication was the huge piece for me. That dialogue is open. That’s what I was looking for.”

Kelly is in his fourth season with the Irish. He has a 29-11 record at Notre Dame.

“[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,” Swarbrick said.



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