According to numerous sources, today’s matchup with USC will be Brian Kelly’s last game as head coach of the Fighting Irish. Coming into today’s game, Kelly’s record at Notre Dame stands at 59-30. His seven-year tenure has been marked by a trip to the National Championship game following an undefeated regular season in 2012 (with the wins subsequently being vacated this week) and numerous off-the-field issues, including several academic suspensions, the arrests of six players this past offseason, and the death of student videographer Declan Sullivan in 2010.
Update: 12:00am CST
Multiple sources are now reporting that Kelly’s representatives have been in contact with other universities regarding potential coaching opportunities. While Kelly stated in today’s postgame press conference that he “absolutely” intends to return to South Bend next season to coach the Irish, very little information suggests that our previous information is incorrect.
Update: 10:12am CST
Brian Kelly released an official statement this morning emphasizing his commitment to leading the Fighting Irish moving forward.
“I have not been, am not, and will not be interested in options outside of Notre Dame. I’m fully committed to leading this program in the future.” – Brian Kelly
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