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In his words: Notre Dame coach talks on new contract

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Kelly awarded five-year extension

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:26 pm

SOUTH BEND - Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly received a five-year contract extension it was announced on Saturday following his team's 28-6 win over Temple at Notre Dame Stadium.

Both he and Fighting Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick spoke on the subject following the game.

Swarbrick on signing his coach to a new deal:

"While I know that the news has made its way out into the public during broadcast today, I just wanted to take a minute on behalf of Father Jenkins and the rest of the University of Notre Dame, to say how thrilled we are that on a day where our head football coach becomes one of the youngest coaches in history to achieve the 200 win milestone, that we can also announce that we have entered into a new agreement that 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 in the future.

"While we won't be providing any details about the contract, I did want to preempt Brian just for a second to say we could not be more pleased, and, Coach, thank you very much."

Kelly on what he liked philosophically about the contract:

"I just think the contract is one that has involved the leadership of the university. Obviously, Jack Swarbrick, Father Jenkins, we've all been in discussion about the future of the program. So when we come to an agreement, it's not necessarily that within it I get a lunch stipend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's about that we're all together in this contract about moving the program forward. Do you know what I mean? That we've all decided that by signing this contract, we're all in it together, and that's what I was looking for.

"By my signature on it, Father Jenkins' signature on it and Jack Swarbrick's signature on it, we've all agreed that the principles within this contract is that we're all in it together, and our voices, the communication was the huge piece for me. That that dialogue is open, and that's what I was looking for."