SOUTH BEND – Brian Kelly and Notre Dame are close to finalizing a new deal, the fourth-year Irish coach said during a Friday news conference to kick off the 2013 season.
Kelly, who received a two-year extension after the 2011 season that runs through 2016, said an agreement was made in principal in December, but lawyers have to iron out the details. Kelly did meet with the Philadelphia Eagles about their vacant coaching position after the Irishs 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game Jan. 7.
Kelly also said he is not using the negotiation as leverage to improve the program.
Theres just legal language, Kelly said. Nothing that has put me in a position, or the university, that we dont have an agreement moving forward for a number of years.
Plan for Golson
Kelly said Everett Golson is still expected to return to Notre Dame in January, but a plan for the quarterback to return is still being worked out.
Golson was dismissed from the university in May for the fall semester because of an academic violation. He went 10-1 as starter last year, throwing for 2,405 yards with 12 touchdowns and running for 298 yards and six touchdowns.
Were in communication with Everett, Kelly said. There will be a plan in place that is one that fits his needs, and what is best for him in terms of the environment he is in.
Notre Dame has a pair of freshmen on its roster who have recognizable fathers.
Corey Robinson, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound scholarship receiver, is the son of former NBA star David Robinson, and Jesse Bongiovi, a 5-9, 183-pound walk-on cornerback, is the son of rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
We got a lot of famous people, Kelly said.
(Bon Jovi) could probably get in the stadium and put a hat and glasses on and make it through the game.
A guy that cant is David Robinson. He comes in the stadium, hes a guy that everybody knows who he is.
Irish land LB
Richard Yeargin III, a linebacker from University School of Nova South in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., posted on his Twitter account that he committed Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Yeargin is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports. He is the 11th four-star recruit and 16th member of the 2014 recruiting class.