Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles' vacant head coaching position Tuesday, according to reports from ESPN's Chris Mortensen on the evening SportsCenter. The interview comes a day after Kelly's Fighting Irish were annihilated by Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.
Since the interview, Kelly has left on a vacation. A decision will come after he returns, though most believe the report there's little chance he'll take the job has been leaked in order to get Kelly a lucrative contract extension in South Bend. Skepticism only grew when NBC's Keith Arnold revealed what connected Mortensen to the Kelly story:
Agent Trace Armstrong reps Brian Kelly... and Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, according to his wiki page. Hmm.— Keith Arnold (@KeithArnoldNBC) January 10, 2013
Kelly is 28-11 in three seasons at Notre Dame, having led the program to its first BCS National Championship Game appearance after a perfect 12-0 regular season. Prior to taking the top job in South Bend, Kelly went 34-6 in three seasons at Cincinnati. A native of Massachusetts, he cut his coaching teeth at Michigan's Grand Valley State. He has no background in professional coaching. He is also a graduate of Assumption University and a devout Catholic, making his departure from the nation's most pretigious Catholic university football program all the more unlikely.