The Cincinnati Bearcats' players and fans reacted negatively when they learned that then-head coach Brian Kelly was headed up northwest to South Bend, Indiana to take over the vacancy at Notre Dame.
“We already knew what he was going to say. We weren’t giving him a round of applause or anything,” junior Bearcats' tight end Ben Guidugli said. “It’s like somebody turned their back on us. We brought this whole thing this far. We’ve come this far. To have someone walk out now is disappointing.”
Soon after, Bearcats' offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn was outspoken about his interest in removing the interim head coach tag . Quinn had been preparing undefeated and third-ranked Cincinnati for their BCS Sugar Bowl game against Florida in Kelly's stead, a familiar position.
Quinn has been a Kelly assistant for 22 years, and had recently coached the Central Michigan Chippewas in their first bowl game in 2006 after Kelly bolted from the program for the Cincinnati job.
Quinn joined the Bearcats' staff after leading the Chippewas to a bowl victory.
Now, it appears that Quinn's desire was unrequited. According to the ESPN, Butch Jones, the head coach that replaced Kelly at CMU, will become the next Bearcats' head coach.
Jones led an 11-2 Chippewas team to the GMAC Bowl this season, but wheter or not he will coach CMU in their bowl game is up in the air.
The Bearcats will face Florida on Jan. 1 while CMU faces Troy on Jan. 6.
This brings an interesting dynamic because Kelly was criticized for leaving Cincinnati before finishing the entire season. With Jones clearly interested in the Bearcats' job, would he jump ship before finishing out his season as well, and if so, it will be curious to see how the Bearcats' players and fans react when they are on the other side of the equation.
Meanwhile, what is to happen with Quinn, the long-time assistant of Kelly, if Jones takes over the job is also a topic of discussion.
These days, you often see people outraged when they are wronged. However, it isn't often that you see people cry foul when they are the beneficiaries.