Brian Kelly remaining at Notre Dame
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 12, 2013
Once again, the Philadelphia Eagles pursued a college coach, and once again, that coach will remain in school.
The latest one is Brian Kelly, who announced he would remain at Notre Dame, spurning the NFL. Below are statement quotes released by Notre Dame.
"This week, I had an incredible opportunity to speak with one of the premier organizations in sports about becoming their head coach," Kelly said. "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."
The Irish have improved over Kelly's three seasons, capped by a 12-0 regular season and national championship appearance this season.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Kelly kept him informed throughout the process. Many expect Kelly to receive a raise, though nothing has been announced. Because Notre Dame is a private school, the details wouldn't have to be released.
"I appreciate the Eagles reaching out to request permission to speak with Brian, and I also appreciate Brian keeping me fully informed throughout this process," Swarbrick said in a statement. "We all look forward to what's ahead for Notre Dame football."
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