Notre Dame Hires New Head Football Coach

A person familiar with the negotiations says Brian Kelly will be Notre Dame's next football coach.

The person confirmed to The Associated Press that a deal has been reached with the Cincinnati coach. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

The South Bend Tribune first reported the hiring.

The 47-year-old Kelly is 34-6 in three seasons at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to back-to-back Big East titles and two straight Bowl Championship Series berths. The Bearcats set a school record last season for victories with an 11-3 record, then topped that with a 12-0 mark this season.

Notre Dame has been searching for a coach for about a week and a half since firing Charlie Weis after five seasons.