Swarbrick looks back to 2016 USC game, says keeping Kelly was right move

LOS ANGELES (WNDU) - The Fighting Irish finish the regular season undefeated after knocking off Clay Helton's USC Trojans 24-17.

Even after USC finished the year 5-7, the university elected to keep Helton as the head coach.

Saturday's game was the exact opposite to the Notre Dame-USC game in 2016 as Helton and the Trojans were in the same shoes as the Irish were two years ago.

Notre Dame left the Coliseum with a 4-8 record and fans were calling for Brian Kelly to be fired.

After that game Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick had a heart to heart with Kelly and he decided to keep him as head coach.

It's a decision he doesn't regret.

"Nobody has access to all of the information that I have so I understand," Swarbrick said. "You just can't worry about that input because you are seeing a bunch of things that no one else is seeing.

I don't think of it in terms of retribution. It's not. It's that 24 month cycle. It's leaving this locker room a year ago, being in there with the coaches immediately afterwards and everybody in that room saying we're going to get this fixed. Two years later, it feels pretty fixed."

Kelly joins Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Ara Paraseghian as the only coaches in Notre Dame History with multiple undefeated regular seasons.

That's some pretty good company.