Brian Kelly is Staying in South Bend

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Head coach Brian Kelly is staying at Notre Dame.

Kelly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the teams head coaching vacancy Tuesday, and the two parties were said to have interest in each other, according to league sources.

But the school announced Saturday that Kelly would stay.

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

Kelly led Notre Dame to a 12-0 regular season in 2012, taking the school to its first national title game since 1988.

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