Source: Kelly, Irish to meet Tuesday
Notre Dame plans to interview Cincinnati's Brian Kelly regarding its head-coaching vacancy Tuesday, most likely in New York City, a person close to the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad on Monday.
Kelly met with his undefeated team Monday afternoon and told players he will "listen to what they have to say." Kelly confirmed the meeting on his Twitter account. "Just informed our team that Notre Dame has contacted me and I will listen to what they have to say," Kelly tweeted.
Meanwhile, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh denied a report that he is also set to meet with or has already met with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The New York Times reported the story on Monday, but in an interview with ESPN's Michele Tafoya during "Monday Night Football," Harbaugh denied the report.
"There's no meeting," Harbaugh said. "I haven't talked to anyone at Notre Dame. I haven't talked to Notre Dame about a meeting."
Harbaugh was at the game in Green Bay watching his brother, John, coach the Ravens against the Packers. He was asked if he will stay at Stanford.
"I love Stanford, and God willing Michele, I'll be back at Stanford," Harbaugh said.
Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby also told the newspaper he is "100 percent confident" that Harbaugh is not a candidate. Bowlsby called Swarbrick a close friend whom he has given advice on the search.
Bowslby also told the Times that Harbaugh's agent, Jack Bechta, denied the report, but Bechta did not return calls to the paper.
Stanford (No. 19 BCS, No. 21 AP) will be making its first bowl appearance in eight years at the Brut Sun Bowl against Oklahoma.
Kelly declined to discuss the Notre Dame job after his team beat Pittsburgh 45-44 on Saturday afternoon, but at least two Bearcats players have said their coach told them he was staying put.
The 12-0 Bearcats (No. 3 BCS, No. 4 AP) will cap their season against fifth-ranked Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.
"He said, 'It's not an issue; I'm not going there,'" safety Aaron Webster said of Kelly about a Thursday conversation. "He said, 'I love Cincinnati, and I'm staying here.'"
Kelly has chided the media for spreading what he called "misinformation" and added, "You folks need to get a handle on this, because it's ridiculous."
Kelly has been rumored to be one of Notre Dame's top candidates and told ESPN this week that he would "entertain" a request from the Irish to speak to him after the Pitt game.
Information from ESPN.com's Brian Bennett and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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