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|Notre Dame Hires Kelly to Replace Weis
|SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame has settled on Brian Kelly as the man who can restore its faded glory, just as he turned Cincinnati into a national title contender.
Cincinnati athletic director Mike Thomas says Kelly is off to lead the Irish and will not coach the third-ranked Bearcats in their Sugar Bowl game against Florida. Instead, offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn will lead Cincinnati.
The 47-year-old Kelly is 34-6 in three seasons at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to back-to-back Big East titles and two straight Bowl Championship Series berths. The Bearcats set a school record last season for victories with an 11-3 record, then topped that with a 12-0 mark this season.
Some Cincinnati players seem miffed that their coach is leaving. Top receiver Mardy Gilyard says Kelly "went for the money. I'm fairly disgusted by the situation."
Notre Dame has been searching for a coach for about a week and a half since firing Charlie Weis after he went 70-and-52 in five seasons.
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