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Kelly close to naming another assistant, report says

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is close to naming a second member of his first Irish football staff.

Mike Denbrock, who was Notre Dame's offensive tackles and tight ends coach from 2002 to '04, is expected to join running backs coach Tony Alford on Kelly's staff, according to IrishIllustrated.com.

Denbrock was Kelly's offensive coordinator from 1992 to '95 and defensive coordinator from 1996 to '98 at Grand Valley State, where Kelly was head coach for 13 years.

Denbrock would help offset the loss of potentially bringing in longtime Kelly aide Jeff Quinn.

Quinn, the Bearcats interim coach, was named Buffalo's coach, the university announced on its Web site Sunday. He replaces Turner Gill, who took over at Kansas last week, and will be officially introduced Tuesday.

Quinn, who will still coach the Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl against Florida on Jan. 1, coached with Kelly for the last 22 years and is Cincinnati's offensive coordinator.

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