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Brian Kelly on the NFL: ‘It’s flattering if there is interest’

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Kelly speaks during media day for the 2013 BCS National Championship NCAA football game in Miami Reuters

Monday’s BCS championship game will feature two coaches connected to interest from the NFL: Alabama’s Nick Saban and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.

Saban, as recently as today, downplayed more questioning from reporters about leaving the Tide, claiming “I don’t have any unfinished business in the NFL… It’s not something I’m concerned about. It’s not even anything I want to do.”

Believe Saban’s remarks are your own risk, but he was at least direct about his intentions. Kelly, on the other hand, was more noncommittal at first. When asked about a possibility to coach in the NFL, Kelly gave a relatively standard response.

It’s flattering if there is interest, which I don’t know that there is,” Kelly said. “From my perspective, I’ve got the best job in the country — NFL, college, high school, whatever.”

(For what it’s worth, Kelly was more decisive later about his answers

Reported interest in Kelly has surfaced only recently. Earlier this week, CBSSportsBruce Feldman tweeted that “some” NFL teams had Kelly on their radar, but did not elaborate. So it’s not clear which teams were, or still are, eyeing Kelly and exactly where he is on the list of candidates.

Like just about any coach, one would think Kelly would listen to an NFL organization (or, his agent, to whom he publicly deferred for such matters) if he received a call. Whether he’d answer the call, so to speak, is another matter entirely and one that is too early to tell one way or the other.

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18 Responses to “Brian Kelly on the NFL: ‘It’s flattering if there is interest’”
  1. klingonj says: Jan 5, 2013 2:47 PM

    its time for Kelly to move on 3 years at CMU and left, 3 years at UC and left. 3 years at ND and I will bet he gets a nice offer to move to the NFL if he wins this Monday

  2. stoutfiles says: Jan 5, 2013 2:58 PM

    If Kelly wins the title, he will be a living legend at ND and be handsomely paid for it. Leaving for a coaching job at a bad NFL team would be a very bad career move.

  3. burgandy2260 says: Jan 5, 2013 3:45 PM

    I agree. His recruiting class has the future of ND looking great. After he wins on Monday I’m sure he’ll get a nice raise and that will keep him content until after next season. A win on Monday and, more than likely a BCS birth next season, and there’ll be nothing anyone can do to fight off the big boys. BK will be coaching in the NFL in 2014. More than likely for the Jets or Jags. So start prepping Diaco to do better press speeches.

  4. 410keith says: Jan 5, 2013 3:49 PM

    I’m sure he will consider moving on after they lose Monday.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    Are Chip and Brian related? Or is it Kelly and Kelley?

  6. spreadthecheese says: Jan 5, 2013 4:02 PM

    Come on, Ben. You don’t even bother to mention Kelly’s quote where he said, “Leaving is not an option”? I love this site but talk about selectively using quotes.

  7. millersirish1986 says: Jan 5, 2013 4:05 PM

    No there not related…ive spoke with his dad and sister and from what they said this has been his dream job ever since he got into coaching…i love the college game way more then the pro game and im sure there are coaches that feel the same, so why make the leap when your at your favorite school and doing what no one has done there in 20 years…plus they have the money to make him the highest paid coach in college, basically give him a blank check and tell him to fill it in!!!

  8. Deb says: Jan 5, 2013 4:35 PM

    As someone who loves to hate Notre Dame, I hope Kelly stays put. College ball is much more fun when Notre Dame is competitive. Kelly has done a fantastic job bringing the Irish back to national prominence. He’s right where he belongs.

  9. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 5, 2013 4:37 PM

    Like others have stated. He is playing for the National Championship, coming off of an uNDefeated season ( See what I did there? 😉 ) and has the number one ranked recruiting class for next season. That, and you throw in that he is making MILLIONS, and if by chance they win Monday? He’ll be a legeND ( Man, I’m on fire! ). He’s not going anywhere! GO IRISH!!!

  10. ndirishfan1 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:59 PM

    BK has done a tremendous job at recruiting and the future is bright at ND. That being said, he’s won at every level and I’m sure he’s intrigued at the thought of winning in the NFL. With his college track record, if the NFL didn’t pan out he’s always going to have offers.

    When all is said and done Monday night, I think he’s going to realize what he’s building at ND and want to remain there to be a part of it.

  11. bamafan36 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:06 PM

    LOL! Alabama has the number one ranked recruting class, again. Neutered Lame (see what I did there) isn’t even in the top ten…..again! I’m shocked he actually stayed. He didn’t even kill anyone at Cincinnati, and left them to get mashed by an SEC team. He may become a living legend at Neutered Lame (I’m witty as all get out, today), but, the world will compare him to Bob Stoops….he can get there, but can’t win the big game!

    I don’t buy that an NFL team is actually interested in him. The story is most likely planted by Lou “Camel spit” Holtz!


  12. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 5, 2013 7:30 PM


    1.) Notre Dame
    2.) Alabama

    Neutered Lame? I can see that Alabamuh Education is paying off for ya, there sport!

  13. irishdodger says: Jan 5, 2013 8:22 PM

    I don’t think Saban or Kelly will leave for the NFL…yet.

  14. bamafan36 says: Jan 5, 2013 8:34 PM


    That was from December 3rd, sport. We like to keep up with things, as they actually happen. Besides, current rankings mean squat! After national signing day….let’s see where they are….

  15. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 5, 2013 9:30 PM

    Well. Since that bogus link that you’ve sent, Notre Dame has since gained two more 5 Star Recruits. Which has boosted them into the number one position. And I guess since Max Redfield committed to Notre Dame YESTERDAY, JANUARY 4TH, 2013, we are number 1. And if you can read, here’s the article.

  16. bamafan36 says: Jan 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    Funny sport…..I clicked on the link, and it took me right to the page. After the game last night, ESPN showed Bama ranked at number 1. Try to keep up, sport!

    Again, your current rank, won’t mean SQUAT, after you are embarrased on Monday, and the SEC loads up on National Signing Day!

    1Alabama772.23 Points4Five Stars12Four Stars4Three Stars
    2USC761.25 Points3Five Stars11Four Stars1Three Stars
    3Notre Dame758.66 Points1Five Stars18Four Stars4Three Stars
    4Florida758.40 Points2Five Stars12Four Stars10Three Stars
    5Ohio State757.67 Points0Five Stars17Four Stars3Three Stars
    6Texas A&M753.16 Points1Five Stars15Four Stars19Three Stars
    7Michigan752.93 Points1Five Stars16Four Stars6Three Stars
    8LSU749.02 Points0Five Stars19Four Stars7Three Stars
    9Virginia Tech739.33 Points1Five Stars6Four Stars13Three Stars
    10Georgia739.21 Points0Five Stars15Four Stars14Three Stars

  17. spreadthecheese says: Jan 6, 2013 1:09 AM It has Notre Dame #1 and Alabama #2.

  18. millersirish1986 says: Jan 6, 2013 9:26 PM

    Go to espn and notre dame has the number one recruiting class in the country…so jacked up for tomorrow night…GO IRISH!!

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