Kelly skirts talk of NFL jobs, focuses on prepping Irish for Bama

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed rumors regarding his departure to the NFL, leaving open the possibility there may have been contact with his agent.

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"They have to contact my representation and they have to follow through that," Kelly said. "If that did occur, all that stuff is secondary to this football game. This is the biggest game that I have ever been involved in. So my focus is 100 percent on this football game.

"It's flattering if there is interest, which I don't know if there is, but again those are such a secondary topic for me right now."

Speaking to reporters at the BCS Championship Game media day at Sun Life Stadium, Kelly diverted attention away from the potential interest in NFL coaching vacancies, but did not deny possible interest.

"Leaving is not an option. I don't even think about it," he said, but seemed to leave at least a crack in the door.

"When I took the job at Notre Dame, I said that it was my dream job," Kelly said. "But I never went around day to day thinking about being the Notre Dame head coach because the job that I had at hand is what I was thinking about.

"And I think that's the same with the NFL. From my perspective, I have the best job in the country -- NFL, college, high school -- it doesn't matter. So I just look at the place that I'm at and am thankful for the opportunity that I have."

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