Notre Dame, coach Brian Kelly agree to new deal through 2021

Brian Kelly is 55-23 in six seasons at Notre Dame. (USATSI)

Well, this should put an end to any speculation about Notre Dame's Brian Kelly leaving for the NFL for at least, well, probably just until about this time next year.

Anyway, Notre Dame announced Friday that it has agreed to a new six-year deal with coach Brian Kelly.

“I want to thank Father Jenkins and the leadership of Notre Dame for their confidence in me,” said Kelly. “I coach football because I believe there are few better avenues for impacting the lives of young men, and I am certain that there is no better place to do that than the University of Notre Dame. During the next six years I look forward to continuing to lead a championship caliber program, but more importantly I look forward to continuing to help the student-athletes I coach to achieve greatness as football players, as students and as men who will make a difference in families, communities and organizations they will someday lead.”

In his six seasons at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has gone 55-23 (226-80-2 overall in 25 years as a coach), never winning fewer than eight games in a season. The last time Notre Dame accomplished such a feat was the seven seasons from 1987 through 1993 under Lou Holtz.

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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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