Brian Kelly, the only football coach to have three consecutive 10-win seasons at Cincinnati, is headed for South Bend.
Kelly is expected to meet with his team Thursday night before the Bearcats’ football banquet to inform them of his decision. The media were suddenly banned from the banquet Thursday afternoon.
Kelly, 48, is 34-6 in his third full season at UC. He is 160-54-2 in his 19th year of coaching at Cincinnati, Central Michigan and [Division II] Grand Valley State. –South Bend Tribune, via SB Nation.
No details have emerged as far as terms of the contract or who will coach the Bearcats against Florida in the Sugar Bowl on January 1. But Kelly will not continue building the football program in Cincinnati, despite earlier statements to his team that he did not intend to leave. It’s just very sad for a lot of reasons, none more depressing than the fact that Notre Dame might actually start winning again. Crap.