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ND's Kelly reportedly slated to meet with Eagles again

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is scheduled to be in New Haven, Conn., this evening to accept the Walter Camp coach of the year award. But the question is, will he be around next year to go for another?

The Irish coach, back from vacation, has a second meeting scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Kelly met with Eagles officials on Tuesday, just hours after Notre Dame was trounced in the BCS national championship game by Alabama. The initial belief was that Kelly was using the NFL interest as a negotiating tactic to get raises for him and his assistants. But the planned follow-up meeting suggests there is indeed significant mutual interest.

A source familiar with the situation told the Sun-Times that Kelly's agent, Trace Armstrong, has been contacting NFL teams -- with Kelly's blessing -- to gauge interest in the third-year Notre Dame coach. Notre Dame has been mum on the topic since the news broke on Wednesday, and athletic director Jack Swarbrick, through a spokesman, declined to comment.

Kelly's dalliance with the NFL already has apparently cost the Irish one top recruit, linebacker Alex Anzalone, who enrolled at Florida at the last minute. That defection dropped the Irish's incoming recruiting class from No. 1 to No. 2, according to's rankings.

The rest of the early enrollees are arriving on campus this weekend, with winter workouts and classes beginning this week.

Contributing: Neil Hayes

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