January 12, 2013

Unfinished business: Kelly returns

Brian Kelly will attempt to finish what he started.

On Saturday afternoon the University announced that its head football coach would return for a fourth season following an interview with the Philadelphia Eagles the day after Notre Dame's BCS National Championship Game blowout loss to Alabama. Both Kelly and the University remained silent until the school put out a statement on the coach's return.

The statement did not include any language regarding a new contract for Kelly or his assistants coaches, or any other changes into the day-to-day operations of the football program.

"This week, I had an incredible opportunity to speak with one of the premier organizations in sports about becoming their head coach," Kelly in a 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."

Athletics director Jack Swarbrick also issued a statement in the Notre Dame press release.

"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," Swarbrick said.

"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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