Sean McDonnell texted Chip Kelly a congratulatory message on Wednesday.
"How's your day going?" Kelly responded to McDonnell, the New Hampshire coach and Kelly's best friend.
They texted back and forth about chicken cheesesteaks they ate when they met with the Penn coaches one time, back when Kelly was an assistant to McDonnell at New Hampshire.
There are "thousands" of other stories McDonnell can share about times when the friends are relaxing, away from the field where they are just two alums from New Hampshire enjoying each other's company.
"We're very proud of the fact that one of our guys, a guy who went to high school here, who went to college here, a guy whose first success was at the University of New Hampshire, has gone on and can now do it at the top level," McDonnell said during a telephone interview Wednesday. "Everybody who knows him - he hasn't forgot who we are - and has been part of him every step of the way is proud of him and is rooting for him."