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08:13 AM ET 01.30 | Perhaps better late than never, Brian Kelly did his best Tuesday to coax Notre Dame football buzz toward normalcy. On the intrigue of the NFL and why Kelly said that it won't endure: "I just didn't know anything about it really," he said. "College is all that I've been involved in. I really didn't understand the NFL process, the game, who's involved in day-to-day operations of selecting the team -- all of those things. Quite frankly, I wanted to answer those, so I wouldn't have to go through this, because we're going to win again next year, and there's probably going to be teams that have an interest in (me) coaching in the NFL. And I want to be able to tell them definitively that I want to coach in college. I love Notre Dame. I love the college game, but I think the intrigue was more about finding out about it, so it's now easy for me to say 'no.'"

South Bend Tribune

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January 30, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Another words he knows he couldn't make it at the Pro Level......so he' staying in school,good move probably.

January 30, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Good answer Brian. Now let's try and find a way to beat Bama...!

January 30, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Uh, ... OK.

January 30, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Yeah, that seems like a goofy answer. "I wanted to know what it was like, so I'd be more informed when I said no."

We hear ya, Brian, loud and clear.

January 30, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Sounds like negotiating for his contract extension, which is standard Executive behavior in any industry.

January 30, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Has to be the strangest answer I've ever heard.

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January 30, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Another words he knows he couldn't make it at the Pro Level......so he' staying in school,good move probably.

LOL, yeah I agree!!! He could very well blow his chance in the NFL, with a couple of bad seasons at ND!!!

January 30, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sounds like negotiating for his contract extension, which is standard Executive behavior in any industry.

You are probably right, but that "contract extension" could go out the window with a bad season!!!

January 30, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yup and he is getting field turf installed and hopefully a jumotron

and someone was on here doubting those puppies were real.

Nothing fake bounces the way KU's does

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January 30, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good answer Brian. Now let's try and find a way to beat Bama...!

Take their pep pills away.

January 30, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yup and he is getting field turf installed and hopefully a jumotron

no doubt they are real, fly be free, let those puppies breath.

Brian is going no where anytime soon, he has it made at ND...

January 30, 2013  01:01 PM ET

"Because we're going to win again next year" - Brian Kelly

Mental block bout that Bama game already Brian?

January 30, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You are probably right, but that "contract extension" could go out the window with a bad season!!!

Unlikely, OT.
He has built a strong program in three seasons, with a stable Asst. Coaching core and some impressive recruiting results. They focused on Defense and it is working.
ND spent too many years turning over coaches to let BK go without a major reason, either some personal issue, or a string of bad years where the team looks like a return to the Charlie Weis years (OMG--can't bear the thought!!!).
He may move on to the NFL in time if he establishes his legacy at ND, but right now he's figuring out how to beat SEC teams and win the NC.

January 30, 2013  03:09 PM ET
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Official, Notre Dame is getting field turf.

Great so when Gardner and Derrick Green come calling in 2014 Michigan doesn't have to worry about those slow ND players having an advantage with that long grass you typically grow. 8-)

JK

It's a good move. Some of your traditionalists will probably complain but it makes sense. Kelly's building speed and that track will help.

January 30, 2013  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good answer Brian. Now let's try and find a way to beat Bama...!

ND just might not get another chance to beat Bama for a long time!!!! :-)

January 30, 2013  03:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Unlikely, OT.He has built a strong program in three seasons, with a stable Asst. Coaching core and some impressive recruiting results. They focused on Defense and it is working.ND spent too many years turning over coaches to let BK go without a major reason, either some personal issue, or a string of bad years where the team looks like a return to the Charlie Weis years (OMG--can't bear the thought!!!).He may move on to the NFL in time if he establishes his legacy at ND, but right now he's figuring out how to beat SEC teams and win the NC.

SF, I know that BK has done a good job of bringing in recruits and building a good program at ND, but don't forget that Michigan, Ohio State and some other top notch schools have also recruited well. I'm just saying a football problen, can go down hill in a hurry. For example Auburn, USC and Arky.

January 30, 2013  03:24 PM ET
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SF, I know that BK has done a good job of bringing in recruits and building a good program at ND, but don't forget that Michigan, Ohio State and some other top notch schools have also recruited well. I'm just saying a football problen, can go down hill in a hurry. For example Auburn, USC and Arky.

I forgot to mention that Oregon and Stanford have also recruited well the last couple of years.

 
January 30, 2013  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Another words he knows he couldn't make it at the Pro Level......so he' staying in school,good move probably.

In other words

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