Aaand that massive exhale you just heard is every citizen of Domer Nation breathing a sigh of relief at once.
In the past few days Kelly's been castigated as an out-and-out liar for disavowing any interest in the Shield prior to the BCS championship game, but I won't go there. If you've been around the block at all you know when a man in Kelly's situation gets asked about the NFL, a lot of tap-dancing and cow-flopping is going to ensue. What, you thought he was going to say, "Oh, hell, yes, in fact the Eagles have already called me and I'm headed to Philly as soon as this thing Monday night is over"?
Of course he's not going to say that. He's going to tap-dance. He's going to pile the manure high. If you've got a working porch light at all, you just accept that he's being disingenuous and you move on.
And as for staying at Notre Dame ...
It's the smart move, certainly. You don't leave an ascendant Notre to go to an NFL franchise that doesn't have a workable situation at quarterback. Not in the 2013 NFL, you don't, and not for any amount of money.