Brian Kelly Interviews for Philadelphia Eagles' Coaching Vacancy

Austin KempAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks to media during Media Day ahead of the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has reported that the Philadelphia Eagles met with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly after the BCS Title game on Monday night.

From @adamschefter & myself: Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Sides will revisit when Kelly returns from out of country.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2013

It is unclear at the moment how the meetings went, but there was indeed contact between the Eagles and Kelly.

This comes as surprising news as Brian Kelly put Notre Dame football back on the map with their 12-0 regular season.  He was also a win away from claiming Notre Dame’s first national championship since 1988.  

This is Kelly’s fourth head coaching job, all coming at the collegiate level.  Starting out at Grand Valley State, coach Kelly has also had pit stops at Central Michigan and Cincinnati.  There’s no denying that Brian Kelly has had success everywhere he's been.  He took Cincinnati to back-to-back BCS bowl games in 2008 and 2009 while also capturing two Division II championships at Grand Valley State.

Though this opportunity with the Eagles is intriguing, it would be hard to leave Notre Dame, who is one of the most prestigious programs in the nation.  It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds over the next several days, and maybe even weeks. 

If Kelly were to stay at Notre Dame, he would have one of the Nation’s top recruiting classes coming in, and a young quarterback in Everett Golson.

Kelly has a history of moving from place to place, and the NFL is certainly the highest level of football in the world.