Kelly has served as a collegiate head coach for 19 seasons including a 2009 campaign with the University of Cincinnati in which he led the Bearcats to a 12-0 regular season mark and pending Sugar Bowl matchup with the University of Florida. According to the UND.com Website, Kelly officially takes control of the Notre Dame program on Monday and will not coach the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl this January. He has reportedly signed a five-year contract with the Irish.
The game marks Cincinnat's second consecutive BCS appearance in Kelly's three years at the helm. Coincidentally, Kelly was named the national coach of the year tonight on the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards show. He also earned the Big East Coach of the Year Award in 2007, 2008, and again this season.
Currently the ninth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (171 victories) Kelly will be introduced at the Guglielmino Athletic Center at a 1:30 (EST) press conference on Friday.