After flirting with the NFL this week, Notre Dame head coach has announced that he is staying at Notre Dame.
Kelly had the following to say in an official announcement released by the University.
“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 met with the Philadelphia Eagles on tuesday, a day after Notre Dame’s crushing BCS Championship game loss to Alabama and since then all has been quiet out of both the Notre Dame and Kelly camps. As Kelly was preparing for the Walter Camp dinner in Connecticut tonight to accept his Coach of the Year Award, news broke that Kelly would be staying with Notre Dame prompting a statement from the Eagles as well.
“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.”
We will have plenty more on Kelly’s decision to return to Notre Dame and what it means for the Fighting Irish moving forward.