Change In The Air At UC was on hand Thursday night for the Bearcats football banquet.

CINCINNATI- As players and families were ushered into the ballroom at the Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, reports were breaking nationwide that head coach Brian Kelly would be departing UC to take over at Notre Dame.

All Big East QB Tony Pike told the press that Coach Kelly had still not talked to the team but reiterated "(Kelly) told us that we would be the first to know." RB John Goebel said he saw Kelly in the football offices Thursday but did not discuss anything regarding the Notre Dame rumors.

Kelly later appeared on ESPN's College Football Awards Show and said that he has "nothing to say" regarding the situation at Notre Dame. Kelly, who was 30-6 in his 3 years and 6 days at Cincinnati including two Big East championships and a 9-3 record in games against teams ranked in the top 25 is now known to be gone.

According to Notre Dame, a press conference has been scheduled for 1:30 PM Friday in South Bend announcing Kelly's hiring.

The next step for Athletic Director Mike Thomas is to find Kelly's successor. Some names have already been thrown around including Houston's Kevin Sumlin, Central Michigan's Butch Jones and former Auburn head man Tommy Tuberville.

As for the bowl game Jeff Quinn will look to win his second career game as he'll guide the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl and look for a chance to be named the Bearcats next coach.

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