It's become a cyclical thing, like a presidential election. Every few years, there's a new search for a new Notre Dame football coach. This time around, things were just starting to heat up when news broke that the search had ended.
Turns out Notre Dame has its guy, the South Bend Tribune reports. It's Brian Kelly, the star coach from the University of Cincinnati who guided the Bearcats to a perfect 12-to-0 season and a BCS bowl game. Kelly, 48, agreed to a five-year contract to be the 29th head coach in Notre Dame's rich history.
"I am very pleased that a thorough and extensive search has led us to a new head coach in Brian Kelly, who I am confident will help us accomplish our goal of competing for national championships," Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick says in a statement.
Meanwhile, the negative reaction to Kelly's departure by some Cincinnati players made headlines.
"He went for that money; that wasn't [a] time for me to be in there," star Cincinnati wide receiver Marty Gilyard told the Cincinnati Enquirer after he left the team meeting where Kelly told his team he was taking the Notre Dame job. "I don't want to hear it. I'm thoroughly disgusted with this situation, that it lasted this long. I heard everything I needed to hear, and that was, 'I accepted the Notre Dame job.' "