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Report: Eagles Interviewed Brian Kelly

Posted Jan 9, 2013

The Eagles have reportedly interviewed another college coach with the last name Kelly - Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

FOX Sports and NFL Network's Jay Glazer dropped a bombshell on Wednesday night when he was the first to report that the Eagles have shown "legitimate interest" in Kelly. ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter added that the Eagles have already interviewed the Fighting Irish coach for the team's head coaching position. Multiple reports indicated that the interview took place on Tuesday.

Per the ESPN report, Kelly is currently out of the country on vacation and the two sides will revisit talks upon his return.

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reported that the Eagles aren't the only team interested in Kelly's services. Per LaCanfora, the Bears also have interest in Kelly. However, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune followed up and stated the Bears do not have interest in Kelly.

Kelly was not only reportedly interviewed by the Eagles on Tuesday, but he was named the American Football Coaches Association's FBS Coach of the Year after leading Notre Dame to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. The Fighting Irish were the first team to start the season unranked by the Associated Press and land a spot in the BCS title game.

In three seasons as head coach at Notre Dame, Kelly has a 28-11 record and three bowl appearances. Kelly would bring extensive head coaching experience. He has a 199-68-2 record in 22 seasons as a head coach at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Kelly won back-to-back Division II National Championships at Grand Valley State in 2002-03. He turned Cincinnati into a national title contender with two Big East titles. The Bearcats were ranked as high as No. 4 in 1999, Kelly's final season with the team. That squad, which included Eagles center Jason Kelce, was 12-0 before Kelly left to take the Notre Dame job.

The 51-year-old Kelly became the third Notre Dame coach to be named the AFCA's Coach of the Year. He also won the award twice at Grand Valley State.

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