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Notre Dame Football: Brian Kelly Named 2018 AP Coach Of The Year

Kelly brings back another honor to South Bend.

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Brian Kelly
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It’s been a big year for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the head coach is being honored this offseason. Brian Kelly was just named as the AP Coach of the year over Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Josh Heupel of the UCF Knights.

Brian Kelly was already the recipient of the Home Depot Coach of the Year earlier this month, but this award carries a little more weight behind it with the AP billing.

After a disaster of a season in 2016, Brian Kelly has led Notre Dame to a 22-3 record over the past two years and ready to make a splash in the college football playoff as the #3 team in the nation.

The Irish were a perfect 12-0 this season, and with that record cam a lot of scrutiny — but also a ton of praise for Brian Kelly and how he has turned this program around so dramatically and so quickly.

Brian Kelly will get a chance to really show what Notre Dame is all about when they take on the Clemson Tigers in the Cotton Bowl on December 29th.