Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will be back

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will be back for a fourth season after leading the Fighting Irish to the national title game this past season.

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Kelly issued a statement Saturday that after interviewing with the Philadel­phia Eagles, he will remain as coach of the Irish.

“This week, I had an incredible opportunity to speak with one of the premier organizations in sports about becoming their head coach,” Kelly said in the statement released through the school.

“Like every kid who has ever put on a pair of football cleats, I have had thoughts about being a part of the NFL. However, after much reflection and conversation with those closest to me, I have decided to remain at Notre Dame.

Kelly led the Irish to a 12-1 record this past season and has an overall record of 28-11 in three seasons.

MIAMI: The nearly 2-year-old NCAA investigation into university’s compliance practices might be nearing an end.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that the NCAA is scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with individuals who are believed to have committed violations found during the inquiry.

Some meetings will take place Monday, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NCAA nor Miami authorized them to reveal the developments publicly.

CHOICE WORDS: Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, whose defense gave up 633 yards to quarterback Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in a Cotton Bowl blowout loss, gave Manziel a backhanded compliment this week on Oklahoma City radio WWLS.

“If they can keep him out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good,” Stoops said of the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

“If they can keep him off the Twitter, he might win three or four Heismans. He’ll have that type of ability.”

Stoops’ closing comments in the interview overshadowed his previous compliments about Manziel, including “I’ve never felt as defenseless as we were the other night, that’s for sure.”

Manziel is active on Twitter, where he has more than 260,000 followers.


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