Report: Brian Kelly staying put

AP

The Eagles have yet to hire a head coach, but they’ve helped get four guys paid handsomely.

First, it was Andy Reid, the 14-year coach who was fired by Philly on a Monday and hired a few days later in Kansas City, with a five-year deal.

Next, a pair of college coaches the Eagles interviewed opted to stay where they are, with adjusted compensation packages:  Bill O’Brien at Penn State and Chip Kelly at Oregon.

Now, with the Eagles trying to persuade Brian Kelly to parlay his 42-14 loss in the BCS title game into an NFL job, Kelly has decided to stay at Notre Dame, according to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

The Eagles had focused on trying to lure Kelly out of South Bend, a source with knowledge of the situation had told us earlier today.  With Kelly scheduled to attend the Walter Camp awards dinner in Connecticut on Saturday night, it made sense to put this to rest once and for all, or he would have been inundated with questions about his status.

He probably will still be, but at least he’ll have an answer other than, “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.”