Gould Headshot squareWith Notre Dame 2-5 and facing a murky schedule that makes a sub-.500 season a very real possibility, some disenchanted Irish followers have been calling for Brian Kelly to be fired.

Not gonna happen. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick gave Kelly an unequivocal return ticket for 2017.

“Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year,” Swarbrick told ESPN.com.

I endorse the endorsement.

While it’s true that neither Kelly nor his team have performed well this fall, the seventh-year Irish coach has earned the right to return. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.