[stextbox id=”custom”]May be just a trial balloon to see how Notre Dame alumni react to the possibility, but Irish Central is reporting that Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly will be the next head football coach at the South Bend mega institution.

Kelly is expected to see out the season with his Bowl Championship Series-bound team, and then report for duty at South Bend … His name first surfaced at Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish lost to USC in a last-second cliffhanger … Kelly is known as an offensive genius like Weis, but unlike him, he also has extensive defensive experience.

If true, following Kelly’s act at Cincinnati will be a tough challenge for  whoever does. But Butch Jones did well following Kelly at Central Michigan and may be the logical choice.


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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.