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Kelly will return to Notre Dame next season
The third-year Fighting Irish coach, who interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the week a day after the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the BCS title game, says his interest with the NFL is over for now.
“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,” Kelly said in a statement released by the university Saturday evening.
“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,” he said.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday night that he believes Kelly interviewing for an NFL job and deciding to stay in South Bend is a positive.
“I think what you get to say to young men is you’re going to be coached by somebody who is recognized by the NFL as a really excellent NFL coach,” Swarbrick said.
“There is nothing about either the dynamic or the substance which was changed by the past week,” he said. “Somewhere down the road we’re both confident it will result in a revised agreement.”
Kelly originally signed a five-year contract three years ago at a reported $2.5 million a year and was given a two-year extension a year ago
Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports said it was too early to tell whether Kelly’s talk with the Eagles will hurt what was expected to be Kelly’s best recruiting class at Notre Dame and possibly the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
“The key thing now is to call all the top players and assure them he’s never going to leave while he’s there, even if you lie, you’ve got to say it, and convince them it was just a thing,” Lemming said. “If they believe it, they’ll stay.”
Lemming said the Irish already lost one recruit, linebacker Alex Anzalone, who is expected to enroll at Florida.
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