Coach Brian Kelly will be back with Notre Dame next season after leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game this past season.

Kelly, who interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles last week, says Saturday that his interest with the NFL is over for now.

"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," Kelly said in a statement.

The remarks were the first comments by Kelly since news broke Wednesday that he had interviewed with the Eagles a day after the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in Miami.

Kelly has a 28-11 record in three seasons with Notre Dame, including 12-1 this past season.

But the damage of Kelly interviewing with the Eagles cost the Irish a prized recruit from Pennsylvania. Linebacker Alex Anzalone was expected to enroll early for classes at Notre Dame last week, but instead enrolled at Florida.

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