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Moments away

Brian Kelly is moments away from stepping behind the podium as Notre Dame's football coach.

Kelly was named the Irish coach Thursday evening and signed a five-year deal.

He arrived in South Bend around 8 a.m. and met with the team in the morning.

Kelly, who led Cincinnati to a 12-0 season and a spot in the Sugar Bowl, has already been greeted by a chalk message in front of the football offices. The message read, "Welcome home coach Kelly."

After athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Kelly address the large media gathering, Dayne Crist, Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Ethan Johnson will have a chance to talk about their new coach.

Kelly's parents, Paul and Regina, and his brother, Paul, will be at the news conference.