A report from CBSChicago suggests that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is interested in the NFL but he is waiting for a firm offer. Kelly reportedly met with the Philadelphia Eagles after the Fighting Irish’s defeat in the National Championship game to the University of Alabama prior to leaving the country on vacation.
There has been no word from Kelly’s camp as to what his plans are moving forward. CBSChicago is reporting a source as telling the news outlet there are two reasons for the silence. First, Kelly is “seriously debating” jumping to the NFL coaching ranks and second, he has not received a firm offer from any team as of yet.
The higherups at Notre Dame have to be fuming over Kelly’s actions. The regular season is over but the recruiting season is in full swing. Yesterday, a top linebacker recruit decommitted to Notre Dame and switched to the University of Florida instead. Any coaching uncertainty could hurt the Irish’s recruiting class this season.
Kelly had repeatedly stated that he had no interest in leaving Notre Dame, calling his employment, a “dream job”. “I don’t think about leaving because I don’t have that intention or feeling in my heart. Leaving is not an option. I don’t even think about it,” Kelly told reporters prior to Monday night’s game. However, he did meet with the Eagles organization shortly after and before leaving for vacation.
It’s been speculated that the interview was nothing more than a power play to get a new contract extension and a pay raise, but that likely would have happened anyway. He had a really remarkable season, no one expected Notre Dame to be playing in the BCS title game at the start of the season.
It is a curious flirtation with the NFL Kelly is engaged in, but he better make up his mind quickly. If he decides to stay, a recruiting class is awaiting his decision.