Brian Kelly of Notre Dame to be hired as LSU’s next head coach, sources confirm the athletic on Monday evening. LSU’s offer to Kelly is a 10-year deal that will land him north of $100 million in incentives, sources tell the athletic‘s Matt Fortuna and Brody Miller.
Kelly, who took the helm at South Bend in 2010 and is the winning coach in Fighting Irish history, has made a few college Football Playoff appearances and has Notre Dame in the mix again this season.
The Tigers were rumored to be in the game for several coaches inking elsewhere, including now-USC head coach Lincoln Riley. But Kelly, whose 263 wins make it the third most active FBS head coach, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban and North Carolina’s Mack Brown, would be a great asset to LSU.
Expectations are high at LSU, where the previous three head coaches each won national titles: Saban in 2003, Les Miles in 2007 and Ed Orgeron in 2019.
At Notre Dame, there will be some momentum among university decision-makers to elevate defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach, sources indicate. the athletic‘s Pete Sampson reports that while the first time head coaches generally do not work at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish is currently in a more stable place than during previous hires.
ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick has told Irish assistant coaches to stay on the road, keep visiting prospects and calm the nerves of dedicated recruits, sources said. the athletic‘s Matt Fortuna. An interim head coach has not yet been appointed.
Kelly sent a message to Notre Dame at Team Works Monday night apologizing for the way the news of his departure was spread and that he was unable to tell the team himself. He will meet the team Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
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