The search is over.
Calling an official team meeting an hour before the scheduled start time of Cincinnati's season banquet, Kelly met with his players as a group for the last time, informing the team of his decision. Just hours before, Cincinnati officials informed the media that Kelly had requested that they were held out of the banquet for privacy.
On Wednesday, the hot name involved with the vacancy seemed to be current Connecticut coach, Randy Edsall. Even though Irish officials were in contact with Edsall, he was plan B for Jack Swarbrick in case Kelly decided to back out and return to the Bearcats.
An agreement was finalized between the two parties on Wednesday night while the groundwork was laid down sometime last week, only days after the Bearcat's Big East championship win.
In addition to these previous hints, Notre Dame had cancelled their "Casual Friday" for all staff tomorrow. Instead, the University had asked everyone to attend work in business attire, leading one to believe that a press conference may be held in South Bend as early as tomorrow.
The banquet is scheduled to last from 5:00 to 9:00 PM EST.
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