Brian Kelly, Notre Dame Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2016

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly makes a call during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA College football game against Ohio State , Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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After leading Notre Dame to a 10-win season in 2015, head coach Brian Kelly was rewarded with a six-year contract extension Friday.  

Notre Dame athletics' official Twitter account announced Kelly's extension, which will run through the 2021 season.

The previous extension Kelly signed with Notre Dame came in September 2013, which was a five-year deal set to expire after the 2017 season. 

In the three seasons since that extension, Kelly has led the Fighting Irish to three consecutive bowl appearances, including the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State in January. 

Kelly released a statement about his new deal, per Irish Sports Daily, expressing his thoughts about what being the head coach at Notre Dame has meant and will continue to mean for him: "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."

In addition to Kelly's success in six seasons with Notre Dame, he's been brilliant at every stop in his coaching career. The 54-year-old has amassed a 108-45 career record in 13 seasons at Notre Dame, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. 

The Fighting Irish have regained a lot of their national prominence under Kelly. He continues to be an excellent recruiter, with Notre Dame's 2016 class currently ranked ninth overall by 247Sports with less than one week to go before national signing day. 

Announcing Kelly's extension now gives Notre Dame's current and future players comfort in knowing this will be a marriage that lasts for a long time. He wasn't expected to go anywhere, but securing a long-term commitment only confirms it.

The climb back to prominence for Notre Dame following the Charlie Weis era took a few years, but Kelly has always maximized the talent he has with six consecutive bowl appearances. Big things will continue happening for the program with him in the fold for at least six more years.