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Kelly Stays as Notre Dame Football Coach After NFL Interview

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Brian Kelly decided to stay head football coach of the University of Notre Dame after his interview with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

“Like every kid who has ever put on a pair of football cleats, I have had thoughts about being a part of the NFL,” Kelly said in a statement on the team’s website. “We still have a lot of work to do and my staff and I are excited about the challenges ahead.”

In his third season in 2012, Kelly led the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record that placed them No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Notre Dame lost 42-14 to Alabama in the title game on Jan. 7.

“I was always confident that Brian would continue to lead our football program,” said Jack Swarbrick, vice president and athletics director.

Kelly was interviewed after the Eagles fired Andy Reid on Dec. 31 following a 4-12 finish. Reid was hired as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Eagles have interviewed at least eight candidates for the head coaching position, the Associated Press reported, citing two people familiar with the interview process.

“There is no question we spent a considerable amount of time and effort looking at who we thought were the best collegiate candidates for our head coaching job,” the Eagles said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “We did so knowing that there was a remote chance that these coaches would leave their current posts. We understood that going into the process, but we wanted to leave no stone unturned while trying to find the best head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

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