Source: Irish to hire Cincy's Kelly

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Notre Dame will announce Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly as Charlie Weis' successor, according to a South Bend Tribune report. The paper cited two university sources familiar with the search process.

Cincinnati had earlier announced it would bar the media from its annual football banquet Thursday night, where Kelly is expected to tell players about his talks with Notre Dame.

The university changed its media plans Thursday afternoon, a few hours before the banquet. Kelly interviewed with Notre Dame officials this week about becoming Charlie Weis' successor.

The Notre Dame job has always been one of Kelly's favorites, although he would likely want changes in the program in order for him to leave Cincinnati. The fourth-ranked Bearcats (12-0) won their second straight Big East title and will play Florida in the Sugar Bowl.