In a recent interview, Kelly was asked if he’d ever leave Notre Dame other than to retire. Kelly dismissed the question, effectively saying it would take an impossible sum of money to make him want to leave.
“No. I mean, look, I think Mike Tomlin had the best line, right? Unless that fairy godmother comes by with that $250M check, my wife would want to take a look at it first. I’d have to run it by her,” Kelly said.
That’s a pretty resounding no at a time where a lot of big name coaches are probably going to be getting calls. The question was asked in regards to rumors that he’s being considered a candidate for the vacant USC job.
But Kelly dismissed those rumors as “smokescreens.”
This quote came after a line of questioning about rumors suggesting USC should look at Brian Kelly, which Kelly called "smokescreens," saying folks throw names out there so that other folks don't look where they're supposed to look.
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 22, 2021
Brian Kelly is 112-40 in 12 years with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He’s led them to 10 winning seasons, with five bowl wins (one later vacated), three top 10 finishes, seven top 25 finishes, a College Football Playoff and a BCS National Championship Game appearance.
If the Irish beat Stanford this Saturday, they’ll be in a position to potentially snipe a second College Football Playoff appearance if a few other results go in their favor.
Kelly has done a lot of good for Notre Dame despite plenty of criticism during his tenure. Almost any program would want him despite failing to win a national title.
Will Brian Kelly finish his college coaching career at Notre Dame?