Notre Dame football has seen several coaches leave for other opportunities this month. According to one report, coach Brian Kelly considered a similar move.
According to Rosterwatch.com, Kelly has been “looking for a way out” and interviewed for the Chicago Bears coaching vacancy this month.
1) Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly might be looking for a way out. We’re told he had eyes for the NFL, one source said he interviewed for #Bears job.
— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) January 23, 2018
The Bears ended up hiring former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as coach two weeks ago. Chicago also hired Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
Since taking over the Irish program in 2010, Kelly’s tenure has been a bit of a roller coaster. In 2012, he led Notre Dame to a 12-0 record and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game, but the Irish lost badly to Alabama. In 2016, the Irish defense was in terrible shape, and Notre Dame lost eight games for the first time in a decade.
In 2017, Kelly and Notre Dame rebounded to reach 10 victories and win a bowl game in the same season for the first time since 1993. But in addition to losing Heistand, defensive coordinator Mike Elko left to take the same position at Texas A&M.
There were also rumors that offensive coordinator Chip Long could be on his way to become the offensive coordinator at Alabama, though the Tide reportedly have gone in a different direction. With Kelly’s rumors on top of all of this, it could be a very tumultuous offseason for Irish football.