He has been "upwardly mobile" for about 10 years now. Doesn't surprise me to see that he wants to keep riding this wave. Notre Dame is only paying him an estimated $2.4MM/yr - he would double that in the NFL. IMO, he would be a fool to turn down a 4-5 year contract with an NFL team.
ETA - unless ND gives him a huge raise and a 10 year contract.
Players like the "i have nfl coaching experience i can get you to the nfl" type of coach. A coach with no nfl exp. Can tell recruits hey the nfl wants me,, and in some quirky way it plays with a 17 yr old recruit. It gives the coach some nfl cred.
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ND is going to have to do what we finally did when we hired Saban--pull out the checkbook and pay what it takes to get AND keep a top tier coach instead of expecting them to come here for a low ball salary just because of our tradition.
"Football is a hard game. These spread coaches forget that. Until good defenses remind them." Gene Stallings
Kelley is dazed and confused. That is what being processed will do to a coach.