Wed Dec 09 09:58am EST
Making the morning rounds.
• It's looking like a Kelly kind of weekend. Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly was in talks with Notre Dame at least as early as last week, according to the Chicago Tribune, and now that Kelly himself has admitted the interest is mutual, he could be named the Irish's new coach as early as Friday -- just enough time to give him a proper going-away at Cincinnati's team banquet Thursday night. Whenever it comes, Kelly's move to South Bend is looking more and more like a formality with no other serious names surfacing in the rumor mill this week. [Chicago Tribune]
• Strong to the 'Ville. All indications are Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong will be introduced as Louisville's new head coach today, thus ending one of the great traditions of the December coach-swap season: Articles tossing Strong's name into the mix for at least a half-dozen jobs, then wondering "Why isn't anybody hiring Charlie Strong?" when he doesn't land one of them. Congratulations to one of the most consistently successful and frighteningly ripped assistants in the country. [Louisville Courier-Journal]
• Toby tips his hand. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart seemed to let the beans slip in an interview Tuesday that he's planning to leave school early for the NFL, telling San Francisco's "Chronicle Live" television show "I'm going to start training here shortly, get ready for the Combine" just hours after telling reporters he hadn't made up his mind about his final year of eligibility. Gerhart tried to cover his tracks but admitted, "It's looking like that's the way it's going to go." [San Jose Mercury News]
• Priorities, people. Alabama let out classes for three days for the BCS Championship game. It would have been longer, but the kids will be needed back on campus within a day or two to provide raw labor for the construction of the golden Saban Sphinx in time for the team's arrival if the Tide win. [Associated Press]
Quickly ... Running back Ryan Bass, one of last year's top incoming JUCO recruits, is transferring from Arizona State. ... Penn State is moving the student section in Beaver Stadium to mollify nearby ticket holders who can't compete with the kids' ability to stay on their feet for four straight hours. ... And Ohio State center Jim Cordle made the Buckeyes' team banquet an engaging affair.