Thursday, February 11, 2016

Brian Kelly Staying at Notre Dame

The Eagles' interview today in the Atlanta area with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley took on a sharper focus with word from Notre Dame that Irish coach Brian Kelly isn't leaving.

Brian Kelly Staying at Notre Dame

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Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talks to the media August 3, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talks to the media August 3, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

The Eagles' interview today in the Atlanta area with Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley took on a sharper focus with word from Notre Dame that Irish coach Brian Kelly isn't leaving.

Senior Associate Athletic Director John Heisler tweeted the news, which came amid reports the Eagles were going to conduct their planned second interview with the coach within the next day or two, now that he has returned from vacation.

Oregon's Chip Kelly, Penn State's Bill O'Brien and now Brian Kelly have decided to stay in their current jobs after what seemed to be substantive discussions with the Eagles.

Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden remain to be interviewed.

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The Eagles seem to understand how this is going to be perceived. They released this statement:

"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."

Brian Kelly released a statement through the school:

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

 "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," Kelly said. "We still have a lot of work to do and my staff and I are excited about the challenges ahead."

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