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Brian Kelly Reiterates He Is ‘Fully Committed’ To Leading Notre Dame

Kelly said he is committed to staying at Notre Dame despite this year’s 4-8 finish.
Kelly said he is committed to staying at Notre Dame despite this year’s 4-8 finish. (Joe Raymond)

Amidst reports that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s representatives have reached out to other schools to explore other job opportunities, the seventh-year Fighting Irish head coach released a statement through the university on Instagram at 3:37 this morning.

“I felt that I was clear with the media following yesterday’s game at USC when I was asked about my desire to be back as the head football coach at Notre Dame, but in light of media reports that surfaced afterward, let me restate my position. 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.”

The published report first came from Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde shortly after Notre Dame’s 45-27 loss Saturday afternoon at USC to cap a 4-8 campaign. It was only the fourth time since the school began playing football in 1887 that it lost at least eight games in a season.

ESPN’s Brett MuMurphy then later put out on Twitter: “Brian Kelly’s reps exploring option w/other schools about possibility of leaving Notre Dame, source told @ESPN. 1st reported by @YahooForde.”

There has been no public statement from Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick since Oct. 21, when he told ESPN’s Matt Fortuna that Kelly will be leading Notre Dame out of the tunnel in 2017.

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