Cincinnati’s Kelly awarded Coach of the Year

Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly has won the Home Depot Coach of the

Year award on the same day he told his team he was leaving for

Notre Dame.

The 47-year-old Kelly went 34-6 in three seasons at Cincinnati,

leading the Bearcats to back-to-back Big East titles and two

straight Bowl Championship Series berths. The Bearcats set a school

record last season for victories with an 11-3 record, then topped

that with a 12-0 mark this season heading into its Sugar Bowl

matchup with Florida.

Kelly told his players he was leaving to coach the Irish after

the Bearcats’ team banquet in Cincinnati on Thursday night.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn will coach the team in its bowl