Sources: Not Bob Stoops Will Be Next Notre Dame Coach

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIDecember 10, 2009

Turns out Bob Stoops was telling the truth all along. The South Bend Tribune is reporting that Cincinnati's Brian Kelly will be named the next head coach of the Notre Dame football program.

Kelly led the Bearcats to their second straight Big East title this season and a perfect 12-0 record in the regular season.

The end-of-season banquet for the Cincinnati program is tonight, and the media was just told that they will be banned from the event. Cincinnati has already accepted a BCS invitation to play Florida in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

Oklahoma's Stoops had been rumored to be Notre Dame's first choice to replace Charlie Weiss, who was fired after five seasons. Stoops had gone on record as saying he would not be the next coach of the Fighting Irish. But you'll have to forgive the media if they remained skeptical .