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                     === Kelly to remain at Notre Dame ===
 
 South  Bend,  IN (Sports Network) -  Brian Kelly released a statement on Notre
 Dame's website on Saturday stating that he will remain the head football coach
 of the Fighting Irish.
 
 Kelly  raised eyebrows  when he spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles about their
 open  head coaching  position  just hours  after Notre  Dame  was trounced  by
 Alabama in Monday's BCS National Championship Game.
 
 But  Kelly, who signed  an extension through the 2016 season at this time last
 year, has opted against jumping to the pro ranks.
 
 "This  week, I had  an incredible opportunity to speak with one of the premier
 organizations  in sports about becoming their head coach," the statement read.
 "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."
 
 Kelly  has guided the  Irish to bowl games in each of his three seasons at the
 helm, and with an undefeated regular season in 2012, was just the second coach
 in school history to win 12 games.
 
 This  past season  Notre Dame became the first  team to be ranked No. 1 in the
 football polls and also first in Graduation Success Rate.
 
 The  Eagles also  released a  statement on  Saturday regarding  their coaching
 search:
 
 "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.  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. We have  no regrets about the
 effort we made in that direction and we will continue to proceed as planned in
 our search."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/12 18:28:08 ET

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