Brian Kelly’s name has been closely associated with the Notre Dame head coaching position before the position was even open. Rumors have been rampant that Kelly is one of the leading candidates for the open position, but on Tuesday the Cincinnati head coach wouldn’t address any Notre Dame related questions.
Instead, Kelly said that he would address any questions about the Notre Dame position after Cincinnati’s regular season finale against Pittsburgh. With a Big East Championship and BCS bowl bid on the line, this should come as no surprise to anyone.
“I don’t plan on getting involved in these Notre Dame conversations,” Kelly said. “I’ll answer them after the season is over but I’m not going to get into any Notre Dame conversations about who had contact and who didn’t have contact. I’m just not going down that road until after the season.”
“I have not had contact (with Notre Dame),” Kelly said. “Even if they were reaching out to me, I’m finishing out the season just like I have every year. We’re going to focus on Pittsburgh this week. After the Pittsburgh game, we can talk about other things.”
ESPN has some of the Kelly press conference available as well.
The speculation and rumors surrounding Kelly and the Notre Dame position will only continue to heat up with each passing day and will only go away if Notre Dame hires a coach before the end of the week or Kelly makes some sort of statement that he isn’t interested. That latter of which seems highly unlikely since it’s been widely reported that Kelly would indeed be interested in the position if it were offered to him.
Should Notre Dame make it through the week without naming a successor to Charlie Weis, Irish fans will at least have a game of interest outside of the conference championships to watch this weekend. Cincinnati and Pitt kick off at 12:00 ET on Saturday with the game being broadcast on ABC.