Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly set to coach LSU next season

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 9:37 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU/AP) - The winningest coach in Notre Dame football history is moving on from the program, according to multiple reports.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night that Kelly was leaving to become the next head coach at LSU. On Tuesday, it was announced that LSU and Kelly have agreed to a 10-year contract worth $95 million plus incentives.

Notre Dame just completed an 11-1 season on Saturday and still is in contention to reach the College Football Playoff for the third time in the last four years. The Tigers finished a 6-6 season on Saturday.

Kelly becomes the first Notre Dame head coach to leave the Irish for a job at a different school. The move comes just a few weeks after he had publicly dismissed the idea of moving on, saying, “Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250 million check, my wife would want to take a look at it first. I’d have to run it by her.”

In a news conference Tuesday morning, Notre Dame Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said a decision had not been made on an interim coach, and that the interim coach would not be a candidate for the official head coaching job. Swarbrick also says there is no specific timetable in terms of the coaching search.

Kelly did not win any national championships with Notre Dame during his 12-season tenure in South Bend.

Kelly’s formal introduction as head coach of LSU is set for Wednesday.

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