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LSU hires Kelly away from Notre Dame to be Tigers’ next coach

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LSU is hiring Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame, an astonishing decision by one of college football’s most accomplished coaches, growing from the sport’s richest program to a Southeastern Conference powerhouse.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday evening that Kelly was leaving Notre Dame for LSU. The person spoke on condition of anonymity as neither school was ready to make an official announcement. Yahoo! Sports initially reported the move.

It was the second college football bombshell in as many days, coming just over 24 hours after Southern California lured Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma. LSU could have passed him by landing Kelly.

Kelly, 60, became the most successful coach in Notre Dame history earlier this season, overtaking Knute Rockne. In 12 seasons with the Fighting Irish, Kelly is 113-40, including the current five-season winning streak in double digits.

Notre Dame just finished an 11-1 season on Saturday and is still in the running to reach the college football playoffs for the third time in the past four years.

The search for LSU coaches began in October, when she struck a deal to part ways with coach Ed Orgeron at the end of the season. The change came less than two years after Coach O led the Tigers to a national championship.

The Tigers finished a 6-6 season on Saturday, upsetting Texas A&M at home in Orgeron’s final game.

Riley was one of college football’s hottest commodities over five years, leading the Sooners to three playoff appearances. It was featured around the same time news of LSU’s hiring started to circulate.

Kelly agrees to take over the Tigers just weeks after publicly rejecting the idea of ​​moving on when asked if he might be a candidate for USC.

“No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, didn’t he?” Kelly told reporters, referring to the Pittsburgh Steelers coach. “Unless that fairy fairy. Godmother did come with that check for $ 250 million, my wife would like to take a look at it first. I should handle it by her. “

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