Before taking questions from the press, Coach Quinn had effusive praise for the man he hopes to succeed.
“No man has done more for this program…or for this university than Brian Kelly,” said Quinn.
The man who had been Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach for Kelly was also quick to impress that the team has moved on and is ready to take on UC Alum Urban Meyer’s Gator team.
“We are going to re-center our focus and congratulate our team on being 12-0 and get ready for the Sugar Bowl,” said Quinn.
Coach Quinn wanted the players to take a few days off following the heightened emotions surrounding Kelly’s controversial departure for South Bend. The team will reconvene on Thursday for an open practice and the team will spend some time going over compliance issues of what “(the team) can and can’t do.”
The Bearcats will then have 5 practices before Christmas, at which point the team will have a few days off to spend with their families, and then the team will reconvene in Clifton before departing for New Orleans on December 26.
Despite being the Sugar Bowl press conference, Coach Quinn fielded most questions about the UC Head Coaching position. When asked about his potential interest in the job, Quinn toed the company line for the most part.
“Following the directive from (Athletic Director) Mike Thomas, no comment will be made about the process at this time. Yes, I am interested and have stated my interest in being the next head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, but there will be no further comments made about the process until it is complete.”