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It’s official: Brian Kelly to stay at Notre Dame

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In the end, and after hiking up his skirt to show the professionals some leg, it was much ado about nothing.

First announced via a tweet from the Twitter account of the school’s media relations director, Notre Dame confirmed that Brian Kelly will remain with the Irish as their head football coach.  Kelly, who just completed his third season at the school, released a surprisingly candid statement addressing the overtures and flirtations with the NFL:

“This week, I had an incredible opportunity to speak with one of the premier organizations in sports about becoming their head coach,” said Kelly. “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.”

Kelly had met with officials from the Philadelphia Eagles regarding their vacant head-coaching position on Tuesday, one day after the Irish lost to Alabama in the BCS championship game.  A second meeting between the two sides had been scheduled for this weekend, after Kelly returned from a vacation with his wife; at this time, it’s unclear if that meeting came to fruition.

There is no word yet on what type of enhanced contract for Kelly and/or his coaching is involved, although even before the rumors surfaced connecting Kelly to the Eagles the university vowed everything was on the table to retain the coach.  In his statement on Kelly’s decision, athletic director Jack Swarbrick expressed confidence that this would be Kelly’s decision all along.

“I was always confident that Brian would continue to lead our football program, I am very happy to have that confirmed and share Brian’s excitement about what lies ahead for our program,” Swarbrick’s statement read. “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. We all look forward to what’s ahead for Notre Dame football.”

It should be noted this was the third time a coach from the collegiate level was connected to the Eagles’ vacancy, and the third time the coach returned to his school — Kelly, Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien — likely armed with an extension and a raise.

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22 Responses to “It’s official: Brian Kelly to stay at Notre Dame”
  1. bender4700 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:44 PM

    “…now where is my raise?”

    Total joke. Coaches using other jobs, knowing they don’t really want that job, to squeeze their employer for more money when they are already over paid.

    Players make nothing.

    Everyone else millions.

    Who’s on the field doing the work?

    Did anyone catch that episode of South Park…

  2. thefiesty1 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    Smart move, er…not moving to the NFL. Just continue to ride the gravy train at ND.

  3. kiopta1 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    Well I am glad that’s over…now get back to work.

  4. billmead1976 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    You think the Irish would’ve learned after getting burned by Cholly Weis? They gave that dude some ridiculous extension after a fair season with Tyrone’s boys.

    Incredible. I’m a tax attorney. I dreamed up a strategy and saved one of my clients a quarter million in taxes. I’m going to walk next year unless he agrees to double my rate.

  5. phillyphever says: Jan 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    WHEW!!! Now just focus on getting Gus Bradley Lurie and Roseman.

  6. bender4700 says: Jan 12, 2013 5:55 PM

    Well Billmead while I like your logic, this isn’t Brian Kelly’s first year.

    I think coaches using interest from other teams for a raise is ridiculous, but a school giving a coach who too the team from BAD to in the National Championship game isn’t a bad reason to give him a raise.

  7. kiopta1 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:08 PM

    Rumor is there was some interest in Eagles but BK also wanted ND to move on some issues he felt held the program back from the elites of college football. I love ND but they can be notoriously slow to change.

  8. bender4700 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:22 PM

    Like what?

    Paying players?

    What is ND not doing? They hired a big name and pay him a lot.

  9. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:27 PM

    Frankly I think this is too bad for the Irish, I would like to have seen someone else at the helm.

  10. rsmeans says: Jan 12, 2013 6:35 PM

    Well he did show much more class than Chip Kelly of Oregon who does this dance every year while his smoke and mirrors approach to flag football is very unlikely to work. Brian Kelly would have been a much better fit than O’Brien or Chip Kelly but why would anyone give up a job at Notre Dame or Alabama for a job in the NFL. For programs like Oregon or Penn State it might be wise for their coaches to leave for the NFL.

  11. cfballfan1 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:42 PM

    Suprise – BK is for BK.

    Welcome to Sabanville ND. The moving van will sitting in the driveway w/ the keys in the ignition henceforth.

  12. irishdodger says: Jan 12, 2013 7:00 PM


    The assistant coaches are vastly underpaid for a school that prints their own money. ND assistants have always complained about being paid below what most teams give. Half the schools in the B1G pay their assts more than ND.

    Like one of the previous posters said, ND is notoriously slow in adapting to change. BK is the first coach at ND to institute a training table for players only…while every school in America has enjoyed this perk for years. If anyone knows anything about football, it’s ridiculous to expect your athletes to gain the necessary nutrition to maintain weight & strength throughout a year by eating at the cafeteria with other kids.

  13. tampajoey says: Jan 12, 2013 7:08 PM

    Kelly is a clown. He’d be a failure in the NFL anyway.

  14. dolphins4 says: Jan 12, 2013 7:16 PM

    He took one look at the train wreck Eagles and thought there is no way he’d make himself look bad coaching them.

  15. thegloriousone says: Jan 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    Hey guys,

    I’m going to stay at my job, too. And I’ll bring just as many championships to Notre Dame as Brian Kelly.

  16. vegasdestroyer says: Jan 12, 2013 11:44 PM

    The Eagles were just killing time until Bradley could spare time for his interview.

  17. jckid21 says: Jan 13, 2013 1:39 AM

    it appears Kelly did the impossible. He got the Lou Holtz recruiting rules prior to ’93.

  18. catchmequick says: Jan 13, 2013 7:13 AM


    Too bad … Kelly’s heart wasn’t in it for bcs game…” Only if Alabama doesn’t show up” ?. Any coach that can’t get his team ready for the BIGGEST game, I say Go! He scraped by too many times this year in games…. It was the players that won those close games, not Kelly . He would flop in the pros and be looking foe a div11 team to coach. He lucked himself into the position of talking with pros by skinning by on games this year . His players done respect him.

  19. catchmequick says: Jan 13, 2013 7:13 AM


    Too bad … Kelly’s heart wasn’t in it for bcs game…” Only if Alabama doesn’t show up” ?. Any coach that can’t get his team ready for the BIGGEST game, I say Go! He scraped by too many times this year in games…. It was the players that won those close games, not Kelly . He would flop in the pros and be looking foe a div11 team to coach. He lucked himself into the position of talking with pros by skinning by on games this year . His players done respect him.

  20. WingT says: Jan 13, 2013 7:59 AM

    @billmead, The Attorney

    If my attorney tried to double his already heavily inflated hourly rates just because he did his job, I would buy him walking shoes and open the door for the greedy bastard

    Roll tide

  21. fnc111 says: Jan 13, 2013 2:31 PM

    Not only is CBK a big big loser on the field he has no class whatsoever. Average coach dictating a raise. God bless America.

  22. florida727 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    The cynical/skeptic in me is kind of quietly laughing about this whole scenario. Think about it… the NFL uses the colleges as their free “minor league system”; and now these coaches (Kelly, Kelly, O’Brien, etc.) are using the NFL to leverage the best possible deal for themselves. There’s a part of me that has absolutely no problem with this :)

    #billmead, be careful what you ask for. Law schools are graduating attorneys at a higher rate than ever before, and a LOT of them are having trouble finding work in this economy. Demand too much and whether you saved your client a pile of cash or not, you might end up on the outside looking in. Remember, they own that strategy you discovered for them now. You don’t. Your leverage was BEFORE you saved them the money, NOT after. What you should have done was go to them and say, “I have a strategy that’ll save you a quarter of a million. I get a $100K of it, or the strategy goes in a desk drawer. Deal?”

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