Jeff Quinn will be Buffalo's new football coach following the departure of Turner Gill.
Quinn's hiring was announced by the school Sunday. He will remain as Cincinnati's interim coach until after the fourth-ranked Bearcats play Florida in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
Quinn was put in charge of Cincinnati when Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame.
With 27 years of college coaching experience, Quinn returns to the Mid-American Conference, where he previously served as offensive coordinator at Central Michigan.
Gill left last week to become the coach at Kansas.
Gill went 20-30 in four seasons at Buffalo and led a program that had been among the worst in major college football to its first conference title and bowl game last year.