Brian Kelly Receives Vote of Confidence from Notre Dame

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The tragic accidental death of
Long Grove, Illinois' Declan Sullivan, a Notre Dame student
videographer, brought a firestorm of publicity to the University. Amidst
all the negative attention has been a call for Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly, and/or Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick to resign.

However, ND leadership publicly stated today that Kelly will not be let go any time soon.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University stated this in an open letter to the ND community:

Finally, in light of what I believe to be unfounded and unfair
commentary and speculation, I want to say something about Coach Brian
Kelly. Coach Kelly was hired not only because of his football expertise,
but because we believed his character and values accord with the
highest standards of Notre Dame. All we have seen since he came to Notre
Dame, and everything we have learned in our investigation to date,
have confirmed that belief. For those reasons I am confident that Coach
Kelly has a bright future leading our football program.

Go here to read the entire letter.

Today also marked the announcement of Peter Likins to provide an outside independent review into the ND's internal investigation into the accidental death of Declan Sullivan.

Likins served as the 18th president of the University of Arizona
from 1997 to 2006. He previously was president of Lehigh University in
Bethlehem, Pa., for 15 years and, before that, provost at Columbia
University, where he also was a professor and dean of the School of
Engineering and Applied Science. He also taught and conducted research
for 12 years at the University of California, Los Angeles.

For more about the review process and Likins background go here

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest webzine. He is also a regular contributor to the Tribune's Chicago Now network, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank

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