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Cincinnati's Kelly to Lead Notre Dame

By Michael Bearak     Dec 10, 2009 in Sports
Cincinnati's Brian Kelly will be trading in his Cincinnati red for Notre Dame's gold. After his 2nd BCS appearance and a 12-0 start he has decided to take his act to South Bend.
ESPN's Chris Mortenson broke the news that Notre Dame has chosen coach Cincinnati's Brian Kelly to replace Charlie Weis. Notre Dame will announce Kelly on Friday at a press conference. The 47 year old Kelly in 3-seasons is 34-6 and two Bowl Championship Series games. The decision was announced tonight at team banquet.
It was not received well by the Bearcats either. Receiver Marty Gilyard told the Associated Press, "He went for the money, I am fairly disgusted with the situation, that they let it last this long."
Gilyard reminded the press that Kelly had assured the team before the last game that they played that he would not be leaving. Bearcats quarterback Tony Pike said that Kelly had told the team before the Pittsburgh game how much he liked being in Cincinnati and how much he liked having his family there.
Kelly also announced that he would not be with the team for their BCS bowl again against Florida. Offensive Coordinator Jeff Quinn will coach the Bearcats in their Sugar Bowl appearance against the Gators.
ESPN reported that Kelly should make a good fit for Irish being Catholic and growing up just outside of Boston and he has long admired Notre Dame. His name was first circulated last year before it was announced that Weiss would be back for the fifth season.
The road has gotten more difficult for Kelly, besides inheriting the struggling Irish team his quarterback, Jimmy Clausen and receiver Golden Tate announced on Monday that they would both forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft.
Kelly won progressively more games each year he was at Cincinnati with 10 his first year, 11 the second year, and 12 this year. Gilyard said many of the players were angry that Kelly had decided to leave the program.
"Just blindsided by the fact that it's a business," Gilyard said. "People lose sight of that. At the end of the day, NCAA football is a business. People have got to make business decisions."
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