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Brian Kelly agrees to a six-year extension with Notre Dame

Brian Kelly agrees to a six-year extension with Notre Dame

Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly makes a call during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State on Jan. 1.

(Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Brian Kelly agreed to a six-year contract to stay on as coach at Notre Dame through the 2021 season.

The deal announced Friday by Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick would make the 54-year-old Kelly, who has been at the school six seasons, the second-longest serving Irish coach in history. Knute Rockne coached 13 seasons from 1918 to ’30 before he died in a plane crash in Kansas at age 43. Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz each coached the Irish 11 seasons.

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Mississippi has been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women’s basketball and track and field programs. Some of the allegations regarding the football program date to previous coach Houston Nutt but others involve current Coach Hugh Freeze’s tenure, a person familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The person said the Ole Miss football program has already taken some steps, like reducing recruiting official visits, to try to mitigate any punishment from the NCAA.

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North Carolina women’s basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell faces a two-game suspension for making contact with an official during a recent loss to Duke and for an NCAA violation. The Hall of Fame coach will miss Sunday’s game at North Carolina State and a trip to Boston College on Feb. 7.


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