Everett Golson has drawn plenty of attention this week after sitting down for an interview with Sports Illustrated.
Golson, who started at quarterback for Notre Dame last season, was suspended for this semester because of an academic issue.
Golson, who was a sophomore last season, has been working out with private quarterback coach George Whitfield in California.
Kelly said he did not have any input on whether Golson would give the interview or not, an article is in this week's magazine and a video was posted on its website, because the quarterback is not part of the university at the moment.
"(Sports information director) Mike (Bertsch) talked to me about that because I talked to Andy Staples who wrote the article and I believe, I haven't read the story, I was quoted in the story because I talked to (Staples) about it," Kelly told reporters Thursday. "If (Golson is) here on campus and he's in our program and he's under my charge, I'm really good at giving advice. But he's not in the program right now, so I'm not giving him. Those are his decisions that he is free to make."
Kelly said he is "hearing" that Golson will come back to South Bend in the next few weeks, and the player could practice with the Irish if he is readmitted to the university.
"A lot of this is theoretical," Kelly said. "Let's say he's admitted back into school on Dec. 15. He would be eligible to practice. If that's the case, then we would practice him, but he would not, of course, be eligible to compete. Provided of course he gets readmitted. I'm just answering the question as it relates to his eligibility."
Kelly said the missed semester will not hurt Golson's academic standing and ability to play next season under NCAA rules.
"(Golson) would be on track because of the one-time missed semester rule, he would be eligible, provided he does all the normal 12 hours and GPA and things of that nature in the spring," Kelly said.