Brian Kelly staying at Notre Dame

Posted Jan. 12, 2013 @ 6:16 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Brian Kelly decided Saturday to stay at Notre Dame after interviewing this past week with the Eagles.

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

The Fighting Irish lost on Monday evening in the BCS National Championship game to Alabama, and Kelly then interviewed with the Eagles, who previously targeted college coaches Chip Kelly and Bill O’Brien.

The Eagles released the following statement after Kelly decided to stay in South Bend:

"There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for our head coaching job. We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would leave their current posts.

"We understood that going into the process, but we wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. We have no regrets about the effort we made in that direction and we will continue to proceed as planned in our search."