SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A person familiar with the negotiations
says Brian Kelly will be Notre Dame's next football coach.
The person confirmed to The Associated Press that a deal has
been reached with the Cincinnati coach. The person requested
anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.
The South Bend Tribune first reported the hiring.
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.
Notre Dame has been searching for a coach for about a week and a
half since firing Charlie Weis after five seasons.