Brian Kelly's agent is Trace Armstrong, who also happens to be the agent for Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. It appears that these two guys have been instrumental in breaking the "Brian Kelly to the Eagles" story. Not to be total conspiracy-theory guy here, but I think it is reasonable to infer that Armstrong leaked this to a couple of NFL correspondents to float it out into the public.
Brian Kelly Interviews for Eagles Coaching Vacancy
2 days ago American Football / College Sports : Bleacher Report - College Football
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has reported that the Philadelphia Eagles met with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly after the BCS Title game on Monday night. From @ adamschefter & myself: Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Sides will revisit when Kelly returns from out of country. — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2013 It is unclear at the moment how the meetings went, but there was indeed contact between the Eagles and Kelly.
I love America, Capitalism, and the ability to pursue happiness. I have leveraged another job for more money in the past and my guess is over 50% of professionals with a legitimate career have done the same. Nobody is here to dispute Brian Kelly's right to secure new employment and/or negotiate for more money. But this whole thing just stinks. While dropping the story into the media to light a fire under Notre Dame's Administration may have been part of Kelly/Armstrong's strategy, the truth is it has elevated the probability that the whole thing backfires.
@IrishCnD, my own brother, says anyone who has a public Linkedin profile that openly lists "job offers" is doing the same thing, and if you criticize Brian Kelly you are a glass-houser throwing stones. My buddy @theSubwayDomer has "ZERO problem with what Kelly is doing." @A5thDown has learned this week that "there are a ton of really earnest, good
Now we may be talking about slightly different things here. I also have ZERO problem with the interview itself.... hell, Diaco has probably interviewed for 5 different head coaching jobs by now. But one has to know that the ball was in motion BEFORE the National Title Game. So the fact that everyone is blindsided with it the day after the game is a bit weird, Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick's silence on the whole matter seems ridiculous, and the thought of Kelly being out of the country during negotiations, the leadup to early enrollees getting to campus, and a vital recruiting period goes beyond bizzare.
Look at how Chip Kelly handled virtually the same thing... the guy looks like a genius. Will Muschamp apparently interviewed with the Bears, and nobody really knew about it until it was done and over. These guys are walking away unscathed, possibly even better for doing the same thing, meanwhile Brian Kelly looks confused and amaturish... just like he did Monday night vs. Alabama.
I like Brian Kelly. I hope he stays and builds the juggernaut that Notre Dame both deserves and is capable of. I have no problem with a guy leveraging another job for a better deal with his current employer. However, I also think there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it, and this whole thing feels wrong. The fact is one the best linebackers (though arguably shaky the whole time and has flip-flopped between 3 different schools already) has decommitted. You have early enrollees starting tomorrow and you are no where to be found. The silent treatment from both sides has done nothing to reassure the students, the fan base, the team, or recruits and thus has to be taken as damage to longer-term credibility and good will.
And now in day 5.... the very real possibility still looms that someone's nerves or impatience gets the best of them and pulls the trigger that starts the chain reaction.