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Kelly, who agreed he wouldn’t talk to the Eagles until after the title game, said it wasn’t a problem keeping the interview from being a distraction.

“Because I wasn’t even certain I was going to interview,” he said. “It really wasn’t even on my radar.”

Kelly said he’s been telling recruits that he was flattered by the attention from the NFL, but that he’s committed to Notre Dame.

Kelly also said he feels good about negotiations under way with Swarbrick about a contract extension, saying negotiations began on Dec. 6.

“We both want the same thing, the long-term consistency of the program,” Kelly said.

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.

Kelly said despite losing by 28 to Alabama, he’s still excited about the Notre Dame football program. He said Irish players understand how much more they need to improve.

“Our workouts now in the offseason will be focused on getting back to that game,” he said. “As I told our team, we have some work to do. No question. But we know where we want to go.

“We know that we’re capable of getting back to the national championship game, and we started that journey two weeks ago.”