But UT won, Kelly took the job with the Irish, and now he has his eye on the Longhorns as a possible future opponent.
"When you look at the teams that carry the same mission [as Notre Dame], Texas does that obviously," he told ESPNChicago.com. "Those kinds of schools really are attractive to me.
"[Athletic director] Jack Swarbrick and I will sit down and look at our schedule as we move forward. I want to be around the best, because we're asked to be the best. And that's the kind of schedule I want."