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Brian Kelly's statement on remaining at Notre Dame

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
After considering the NFL, Brian Kelly will stay at Notre Dame. (US Presswire)

Notre Dame fans let out a sigh of relief Saturday afternoon when the school announced coach Brian Kelly would be remaining in South Bend. Kelly had been considering making the jump to the NFL, with the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly being interested in hiring him.

Here is the statement Kelly released about his decision:

"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.”

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick also commented on Kelly's decision to stay.

“I was always confident that Brian would continue to lead our football program, I am very happy to have that confirmed and share Brian's excitement about what lies ahead for our program,” said Swarbrick. “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.”

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