If Kelly leaves, Fort Waynes Smith says hell still come to Notre Dame
Posted: 01/10/2013 at 9:00 am
By: Bill Beck
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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks to Robby Toma during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talks to Everett Golson during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Wednesday nightís media reports that head coach Brian Kelly interviewed for the vacant Philadelphia Eagles job in the NFL have the college football scene turned upside down again.
Two days before the BCS national championship game, Kelly was asked about the NFL.
ďWhen I took the job at Notre Dame, I think I said it was a dream job,Ē Kelly said at NDís BCS Media Day press conference. ďBut I never went around day to day anything about being the Notre Dame head coach, because the job that I had in hand was what I was thinking about.
ďAnd I think thatís the same thing with the NFL. I think from my perspective Iíve got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever. I just look at the place that Iím at and thankful for the opportunity that I have.Ē
Now, with other high-profile college coaches being linked to NFL searches, Kellyís name has taken off like a brushfire on Twitter and Facebook. With the No. 1 incoming freshman class, according to ESPN Recruiting, the Fighting Irish are faced with answering a lot of questions in the coming days.
And the first national letter of intent signing date is Feb. 6 and early enrollees hit the campus this weekend. According to ESPN, nine of Notre Dameís 22 recruits are in the top 150 of the incoming national class, the same as Alabama.
Jaylon Smith of Fort Wayne, a prized ND recruit and the No.2-rated linebacker in the nation, posted on his Twitter account Wednesday night that heís in for the long haul.
ďIf Kelly leaves!!!!! ... Iím still a domer (shoutout) to my ND fans,Ē tweeted Smith, who helped Luers to a fourth straight IHSAA Class 2A state title in November.
Manti Teío and Theo Riddick lead the seniors who will graduate and coveted tight end Tyler Eifert announced Monday night that he will not return for 2013.
Kelly said that the NFL ďis not an optionĒ on Saturday, but he didnít exactly slame the door closed, either.
ďFor me to say Iíll never coach in the NFL, I have no idea,íí he said during an interview session at Sun Lite Stadium. ďIím not trying to be evasive. Itís the truth of the matter. Itís all about timing
ďThis is the biggest game that Iíve ever been involved in, so my focus is 100 percent on this football game. All that other stuff, that happens when youíre winning football games. Iíve been through this a lot in my career. Itís flattering if there is interest, which I donít know that there is. But again, that is such a secondary topic for me right now. Itís all about this game.Ē