Notre Dame Football Rumors: Brian Kelly Should Earn His Contract Extension For Once [VIDEO]
Brian Kelly signed a six-year contract extension on Friday. Apparently, losing big bowl games is all you need to keep your job at Notre Dame.
"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," Kelly said in a prepared statement, per ESPN.
This is not to say that Kelly isn't a quality head coach -- he ranks seventh among active NCAA FBS coaches in winning percentage (.737) -- but he hasn't exactly delivered at Notre Dame, either.
Yes, since arriving at South Bend in 2010, Kelly has led the Fighting Irish to a bowl game every year. That, however, would sound like a remarkable achievement if the NCAA didn't hand out bowl invitations like candy. Notre Dame -- a school with 11 national championships -- shouldn't be looking forward to feature in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
Admittedly, Kelly did lead the Fighting Irish to the BCS National Championship game in 2012. He was also blown off the field by Alabama, 42-14. Last season's Fiesta Bowl visit wasn't much better, falling 44-28 to Ohio State.
Notre Dame undoubtedly improved under Kelly's watch, but his last contract extension wasn't up until the end of the 2017 season. What was the rush to resign him when evaluating the program for another year was a viable option?
It's not like a berth in the Hyundai Sun Bowl was going anywhere.
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