According to Yahoo Sports, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has begun the process of exploring the head coach's market following a 45-27 thrashing at the hands of the #12 USC Trojans. This defeat capped off a disappointing 4-8 season, where the Fighting Irish had National Championship aspirations at the beginning of their 2016 campaign. This season marked the school’s second-worst record of the last 52 years.
In seven seasons with the Fighting Irish, Kelly has gone 59-31, while making it to the BCS National Championship Game in 2013. From a statistical standpoint, Kelly has been the most successful coach at Notre Dame since Lou Holtz coached the Fighting Irish more than 20 years ago.
Additionally, on Tuesday it was announced the NCAA would vacate 21 victories for Notre Dame following reports of academic dishonesty from 2012 to 2014. However, according to Yahoo Sports, the recent NCAA sanctions have not swayed Kelly in one way or another. With yesterday's phenomenal day of football and head coaching rumors, Kelly may have lost his chance at getting a top tier gig at a big-time program.
As we have all heard by now, Tom Herman will leave Houston to join the Texas Longhorns and Ed Orgeron will lose the interim tag and become the full-time head coach at LSU. The current vacated head coaching jobs that may interest Kelly are at Baylor and Houston. However, there has been speculation that Texas A&M, Oregon, and UCLA could be in the market for a head coach as well.