Kelly immediately takes over for Cincinnati and is expected to lead the Bearcats in their bowl appearance in the International Bowl in Toronto, CA.
That leaves just one opening on coach Mark Dantonio's staff and that could be filled by former Spartans quarterbacks coach Dan Enos.
Kelly is largely believed to have overplayed his hand, attempting a bidding war between Michigan State and Iowa State for his services and ended up getting neither job. University of Texas defensive coordinator Gene Chizek was named head man at Iowa State.
With Cincinnati smarting over losing Dantonio and most of his staff to MSU, they refused to turn over the reigns to Narduzzi who demanded an answer by December 6th. Instead, they contacted the rising star Kelly, who jumped at a chance to increase his salary to the near $1 million mark and position himself for a job at a big time institution.
Kelly piloted Division II Grand Valley to two National Championships and quickly turned around a CMU program that hadn't had a winning season since 1999 prior to his arrival. Kelly won the MAC Championship and was scheduled to lead his team in the Motor City Bowl, but that isn't going to happen now.