Brian Kelly spurns Eagles, staying at Notre Dame

Scratch another name off the Eagles’ wishlist.

Per multiple reports, Brian Kelly has turned down the opportunity to become Philadelphia’s head coach, and will stay at Notre Dame.

“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. We still have a lot of work to do and my staff and I are excited about the challenges ahead.”

Speculation mounted in recent days that Kelly was a legitimate option to succeed Andy Reid, but the interest appears to have been one-sided.

Kelly remains in charge of the Fighting Irish, whom he led to the national title game in his third season. Already due a sizable raise, he’ll receive a boatload of cash to return to South Bend.

The Eagles have now swung and missed with three collegiate candidates, including Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. They’re expected to turn their attention to Plan D: Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, considered the “top candidate.”

(Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

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