The coach of the year award winner is in his third season in South Bend and has brought the program back to prominence not seen since the glory days when Lou Holtz was patrolling the sidelines.
Kelly’s current deal runs through the 2016 season after having an option in his contract picked up in January that extended the deal by two years.
Rewarding Kelly for the season he has had would be a nice gesture considering he has the Irish in position to win the school’s first national title since 1988.
A one or two-year extension with a nice pay raise would ensure that the incoming recruits who have committed to Kelly and Notre Dame would have their coach on the sidelines for their entire college careers.
Additionally, the school should give a raise to defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who won the Broyles Award given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
His defense is one of the primary reasons why Notre Dame will be playing Alabama next month, and with his name being bandied about as a potential head coach at other schools, a nice pay raise would limit his temptations to seek a job elsewhere.
With a month away until the biggest game in 24 years, the time is ripe for Notre Dame to issue an early Christmas present to Kelly and his coaching staff.
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