Saturday, January 12, 2013
Brian Kelly staying at Notre Dame
By ESPN.com staff
Brian Kelly has turned down a chance to jump to the NFL, and according to a source, he's working toward an extension and a raise with Notre Dame.
The source said there is "still some work to do" on Kelly's potential new deal with the Irish.
Kelly met with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, and there was mutual interest after the interview, according to league sources.
"This week, I had an incredible opportunity to speak with one of the premier organizations in sports about becoming their head coach," Kelly said in a statement released through the school.
"Like every kid who has ever put on a pair of football cleats, I have had thoughts about being a part of the NFL. However, after much reflection and conversation with those closest to me, I have decided to remain at Notre Dame.
"This decision was motivated purely by my love for Notre Dame and the entire Fighting Irish community, the young men I have the great fortune to coach, and my desire to continue to build the best football program in the country.
"We still have a lot of work to do and my staff and I are excited about the challenges ahead."
Kelly coached the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular-season record and an appearance in the Discover BCS National Championship. Playing for its first national title since 1988, Notre Dame was routed by Alabama, 42-14, on Monday night.