But Thomas felt he found the right hire in Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones and Quinn was left out for the second time in as many chances he's taken to become a head coach. That all changed on Sunday as it was announced that Quinn had found his head coaching job.
In an official press release from the University of Cincinnati on Sunday it was revealed that Jeff Quinn had been hired by Buffalo as their head coach replacing Turner Gill who accepted the head coaching position at Kansas.
Quinn, who is in his 26th season in college football, was recently named one of five finalists for the 2009 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach. He's got experience in the Mid-American Conference, having served as offensive coordinator at Central Michigan under Kelly before coming to Cincinnati.
Buffalo will hold a press conference announcing Quinn's appointment on Tuesday.
Quinn will still coach the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl.
Bearcat Insider congratulates Jeff Quinn on his new position at the University of Buffalo.