Notre Dame Fighting Irish football head coach Brian Kelly is set to join LSU for next 10 years for approximately $100 million with incentives. Sources confirmed this news on Tuesday morning and this has become a hot topic across the USA.
For many college football programs, it’s rare to see coaches leave their teams in high-profile positions. But the football world has seen two bold moves from the coaches within a short period. First, Lincoln Riley leaves Oklahoma for Southern California. Now, Brian Kelly is leaving Notre Dame!
Brian Kelly’s Contract Detail with LSU
There have been several news articles that mention different figures about Brian Kelly’s salaries. However, according to Matt Fortuna, Staff writer at The Athletic Kelly is signing a $100 million contract for 10 years. Further, he will also get incentives. But the incentives are not disclosed yet. The new contract for Kelly will be one of the largest this off season and it’s interesting to see if his deal stacks up against Lincoln Riley.
On the other hand, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, Kelly will make $15 million each year at LSU as head coach.
Why is Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame for LSU?
Kelly’s move from Notre Dame to LSU is clearly about challenging for a national championship. More specifically, it has everything to do with increased recruiting and success in football games.
Kelly has been recruiting top talent for years and would have an edge in Louisiana that no other coach at LSU can match. Nevertheless, he will be able to use the LSU rich recruiting ground.
All these reasons probably made Kelly move from Notre Dame.
Kelly has been with Notre Dame since 2010 and he made two College Football Playoff appearances in 11 years and may add one this year. Further, he is Notre Dame’s winningest coach in history this season.
Brian Kelly’s Salary at Notre Dame
As Notre Dame is a private school, they don’t expose the contract details of the coaches. However, as per different sources Kelly earns around $2.67 million annually at Notre Dame.
Kelly leaving Notre Dame after they still have a chance to win the national championship is not only something we have never seen before but also takes football down a perilous path. Kelly leaving Notre Dame is a huge shocker, and it could have important implications for the future of college football.