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Brian ‘Puple-Face’ Kelly Signs Two-Year Extension at Notre Dame

If I had to guess, this has more to do with recruiting this year than overall happiness with Kelly. His contract now expires in 2016, which allows him to tell recruits this year that he’ll be the coach for their entire career at Notre Dame.

I don’t know if the extension will help. Urban Meyer, not content to just take coaches from Notre Dame, just poached a 4-star offensive lineman from the Irish:

Urban Meyer plucked two of Notre Dame’s assistants for his new staff at Ohio State. Now he’s pilfering Irish recruits, too.

Offensive lineman Taylor Decker has switched commitments from Notre Dame to Ohio State after the Vandalia, Ohio, product took an official visit to the Buckeyes, according to multiple online reports.

Decker is a 6-foot-8-inch, 310-pound four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. He had been committed to the Irish since March, but Rivals.com reported that the move of Irish assistants Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton to Ohio State contributed to Decker’s flip.

It’s the second decommitment suffered by the Irish in a week after top 100 prospect Ronald Darby reopened his recruiting. Notre Dame now has 16 commitments in its Class of 2012 recruiting haul.

Can you blame the recruits? Who’d want to play for the “Purple Hulk”?

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