It has long been rumored that the next stop for  Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly  would be in the NFL and it seems that those rumors now have some legs.


According to 670 The Score, Kelly has emerged as a "coach of interest" as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to replace recently fired Dirk Koetter.


In 2018, Kelly led the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record, going undefeated before falling to the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff.

Kelly holds a 81-35 record over his nine seasons in South Bend, with one National Championship appearance in 2012.


While Kelly is the face of one of the premier college football brands in the nation, many have pointed to the cold weather, academic requirements, religious overtones and the high standards of the program as reasons why he might leave Notre Dame.

A proven winner, Kelly has seen success at nearly every stop of his college football career, with a 134-57 Division-I coaching record, not counting the 21 wins that were vacated from the 2012 and 2013 seasons respectively. Kelly also holds a 118-35-2 record as a head coach at Division-II power Grand Valley State.


With so much success it's no wonder the Bucs are interested, but at 57, with no NFL coaching experience, it would also be a risk for them to take.