Brian Kelly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles the day after the Fighting Irish lost the 2013 BCS National Championship game to Alabama.
However, after deliberating with his family, Notre Dame issued a statement confirming that Kelly would be returning to South Bend, according to USA Today.
“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 the 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.”
In just his third season at the helm of the Irish, Kelly led his team to a 12-0 star before running into the Tide. The success on the football field has translated to success on the recruiting trail, and Kelly has set up the type of talent that will deliver sustained success.
In short, he has taken the necessary steps to return one of the nation’s most decorated football programs to the spotlight.
His athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, understands that.
“I was always confident that Brian would continue to lead our football program,” Swarbrick said in the release. “I am very happy to have that confirmed and share Brian’s excitement about what lies ahead for our program
“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.”
Kelly and Swarbrick are now working on a new, lucrative contract extension that will keep Kelly at Notre Dame for a long time to come.