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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has gone through plenty of instances when his name has been connected to coaching openings.

But as the BCS championship game draws closer – the No. 1 Irish (12-0) play No. 2 Alabama (12-1) on Monday – Kelly said he has not heard from any of the seven NFL teams that are searching for coaches.

"Any of those things that occur relative to contact, there's a strict protocol for that," Kelly said during Saturday's BCS championship media day in Sun Life Stadium. "They have to contact my representation and then they've got to follow through that.

"If that did occur, then all that stuff is secondary to this football game. … This is the biggest game that I've ever been involved in, so my focus is 100 percent on this football game. All that other stuff, that happens when you're winning football games. I've been through this a lot in my career. It's flattering if there is interest, which I don't know that there is, but again, that is such a secondary topic for me right now, it's all about this game."

Kelly did say he would never say he would never leave Notre Dame, but he also isn't thinking about any job but the one he has right now.

"I think when I took the job at Notre Dame, I think I said it was a dream job," Kelly said. "But I never went around day to day anything about being the Notre Dame head coach, because the job that I had in hand was what I was thinking about. And I think that's the same thing with the NFL.

"I think from my perspective I've got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever. I just look at the place that I'm at and thankful for the opportunity that I have."