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Need for speed

Notre Dame's whirlwind courtship of a new football coach ended Thursday night.

The university released a statement saying Brian Kelly decided to leave Cincinnati to take over the Irish program.

Kelly's hiring comes 11 days after Charlie Weis was fired on Nov. 30, when Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the university would move as expeditiously as possible to fill the coaching vacancy.

Greg Eifert, the father of Irish tight end and former Bishop Dwenger standout Tyler Eifert, said he thought it was important for Notre Dame to move quickly to name a new coach.

"I was going to be very shocked and surprised if it went through this weekend without an announcement," Greg Eifert said. "If it had gone through the weekend, I'd have though, 'Uh, oh, there is something not agreed upon.' I couldn't help but think they wouldn't do this pretty quick."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.