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Kelly can cross Quinn of list of candidates

Bearcats interim coach going to Buffalo

One name can be crossed off the list of potential assistant coaches from Cincinnati that Brian Kelly could have brought to Notre Dame.

Jeff 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.

Former Notre Dame associated head coach Corwin Brown was also a candidate for the Buffalo job.

Quinn coached with Kelly for the last 21 years and is Cincinnati's offensive coordinator. He was also the offensive coordinator at Central Michigan under Kelly.

Quinn will coach Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl against Florida on Jan. 1 before taking over at Buffalo.

Kelly has one assistant on his staff right now. He announced that running backs coach Tony Alford was staying with the program Friday.

Kelly also retained director of football operations Chad Klunder, director of football personnel Tim McDonnell and director of football development Dave Peloquin from former coach Charlie Weis' staff.

Defensive graduate assistant Bryant Young, a former Notre Dame standout who played for the San Francisco 49ers, was offered to remain at his position.

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