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Brian Kelly’s NFL soap opera continues

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly at their NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Miami AP

It remains unclear whether Brian Kelly will leave Notre Dame after just three seasons for a job at the professional level.  One way or another, though, his future should be resolved over the next 48 hours or so.

Wednesday, it was reported that Kelly had met with the Philadelphia Eagles about their coaching vacancy at some point after Notre Dame’s BCS title game loss to Alabama Monday.  The initial conversation went well enough that another meeting was scheduled for this weekend when Kelly returned from a vacation out of the country.

Many thought the leak was merely a ploy on the part of Kelly and/or his agent to wring every last dollar out of Notre Dame as he/they could.  The fact that Kelly continues to speak to NFL personnel about the rigors of the job in that league, as the Chicago Tribune reports, suggests this is more than just flirtation aimed at some type of financial enhancement.

Indeed, athletic director Jack Swarbrick heavily intimated before the Irish’s soul-crushing loss to the Tide that money would be no object in keeping Kelly in South Bend, which would seem to mitigate the financial angle somewhat.

“I’m really confident that Brian enjoys his experience at Notre Dame and when we’re past (Monday), we’ll sit down and talk about securing that future,” Swarbrick said Sunday. “We love having him, and he loves being at Notre Dame.”

When asked if a raise would be a part of those talks, Swarbrick said, “Everything that goes into the program is on the table when we have those discussions.”

Kelly currently makes in the neighborhood of $3 million a year, and received a two-year contract extension last January, triggered by a clause in his original deal, last January that technically would keep him with the Irish through the 2016 season.

That’s provided, of course, he makes it that long.  The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Kelly is one of the frontrunners for the Eagles job, along with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.  According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kelly returns to the United States today and, barring an unexpected turn, will meet with the Eagles a second time.

Per the Tribune, a team meeting of some sort is tentatively scheduled for Monday, which suggests a conclusion one way or the other is in the offing by the close of business Sunday.

Well, a conclusion for this year at least. “A source close to Kelly believes he will end up in the NFL someday,” the South Bend Tribune wrote Friday night.  That sentiment is shared by many, with more than a handful of individuals looking at Kelly and the NFL as a when, not if proposition.

“All of that stuff intrigues me. … I never take any of that off the board,” Kelly said prior to the title game in regards to future NFL interest.  Again , when not if.

UPDATED 1:44 p.m. ET: For accounting purposes, Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune tweets that “Kelly never left US soil this week. Miami, Nashville, vacation here with wife, now Connecticut.”  So, there’s that.

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20 Responses to “Brian Kelly’s NFL soap opera continues”
  1. canetic says: Jan 12, 2013 12:57 PM

    It’s all about wringing as much money out of ND as he can. He’s not going anywhere. He’s not a pro coach. ND should let him go and re-hire him for $1.5 mill in three years when he’s fired by the Eagles.

  2. hardballtalkusername says: Jan 12, 2013 1:20 PM

    His offensive scheme could never work in the NFL… He is just leaving to escape NCAA sanctions… Oh wait, my bad.

  3. eidolon21 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:32 PM

    second interview
    big money
    he has moved onward and upward
    could lose a few recruits over this

  4. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 12, 2013 1:46 PM

    Breaking news. Brian Kelly leaves for Eagles. Bret Bielema leaves Arkansas just as fast for Notre Dame, Bielema later finds out he was never even considered for the job and on Saturdays in the fall he stands outside of Notre Dames stadium with that same lost look on his face making pig noises and saying Sui.

  5. be4bama says: Jan 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    First Saban beats Meyer so badly Meyer quits now it looks like Kelly’s gonna quit too. ROLL TIDE

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 12, 2013 2:15 PM


    That is a damn good point! I hope Wisconsin never plays Bama. We just got a new coach and can’t afford to lose him.

  7. poppajohn818 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    I am sadden by this show of disloyalty He is acting unprofessional and is losing recruits for the next guy

  8. mungman69 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    Kelly isn’t going anywhere. Just checking out the landscape. Don’t think that the Eagles want him.

  9. kiopta1 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    Papa- what do you know that makes you say that? What if ND pushed him? ND’s board is exactly the most flexible group.

  10. Deb says: Jan 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    @mungman69 …

    It would be interesting to know what the Eagles do want. Tick-tock. If they don’t want this Kelly, why waste a second interview on him considering the time they already wasted on the other NCAA Kelly?

    And if Brian Kelly is content to remain at Notre Dame–where money is no object to keeping him–why would he return to Philly for a second interview?

    This surprises me on both counts. I get that, while he’s a great pro coach, Andy Reid was burned out in Philadelphia. But I don’t see why Jeffrey Lurie would see Brian Kelly as a viable alternative based on his coaching experience. And I certainly don’t get why Brian Kelly would for a nanosecond consider leaving South Bend for the toughest venue in the NFL. After a loss like the one in Miami, Eagles fans would be pelting him with beer bottles.

  11. mungman69 says: Jan 12, 2013 3:54 PM


    I just don’t understand either side here. You’re correct, a lot of time has been spent by both sides on this issue. In fact, the Eagles have interviewed many people. Don’t know exactly what the Eagles are looking for, maybe they don’t know either. As for Kelly well,…

  12. kozbee says: Jan 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    ND who..O that shitbag of a team.Go SEC rules

  13. phillyphever says: Jan 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    mungman69, according to reports, the Eagles do want him. Honestly, I’m hoping this doesn’t happen (he wouldn’t last in the NFL). And I can tell you right now, we Eagles fans would be pissed to no end if they do hire him. Not at Kelly, but at the people running the organization who hired him.

  14. mikey1977 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:44 PM

    kozbee.. you’re a classless prick

  15. drcmrn says: Jan 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    Kozbee, quit disgracing the SEC by showing your ignorance. How’s the gig going at chick-fil-a btw?.

  16. kozbee says: Jan 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    Mikey,i was thinking on the same line on that ND headcoach.drcmrn,the chick-fil-a` i perfer the bucket at KFC.You northern teams can`t compete with the SEC,come next Jan we`ll be ready for the next NC.To bad ND has`nt scheduled better teams to prove they should be there,imo it should of been Bama vs Oregon.Sorry boys.

  17. be4bama says: Jan 13, 2013 11:58 AM

    Too bad the NC game wasn’t BAMA vs TA&M. That would of been a real game.

  18. kozbee says: Jan 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    ND fans heres a pic to prove y`all had no right being at the NC.Say hello to Lacy.

  19. kozbee says: Jan 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    In the link above i have a friend of mine that was also a sports writer that lives in Hawaii thats sending me a few of the newspapers before there gone.Gonna frame one and put it over my desk at home,imo will be a great conversation piece.Call and order some for y`all.ROLL TIDE.

  20. fnc111 says: Jan 14, 2013 1:48 AM

    CBK = Dbag

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