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Good impression

Cincinnati's 45-44 victory over Pittsburgh to win the Big East and clinch the conference BCS bowl berth sure looked like a deal clincher if Notre Dame truly has interest in Bearcats coach Brian Kelly.

On the road and in the snow, Cincinnati sealed the victory with a perfect throw from quarterback Tony Pike to receiver Armon Binns in the end zone.

It's the kind of big game the Irish kept waiting Charlie Weis, who was fired Monday, to win.

And with ESPN reporting that Kelly would be willing "entertain" Notre Dame's pitch, the win over the Panthers could ensure that athletic director Jack Swarbrick ends the conversation with a job offer.