Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/12/13
By now you’ve heard that Brian Kelly will stay the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. He will not be taking the Philadelphia Eagles gig. Numerous reports say he was offered a job with more money but he turned it down to remain in college football. So why did he interview with them in the first place? Kelly already got an extension and a raise. Was it for further leverage? Whatever the true intentions, here’s the official statement from the school and Kelly. Here’s the party line: “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.” “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 Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack 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.” Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.
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