Kelly agrees to new five-year deal to remain at Cincy through 2012

CINCINNATI -- Bearcats coach Brian Kelly agreed to terms on
a new five-year contract with Cincinnati (No. 22 BCS, No. 20 AP).

The new deal voids the remaining four years on Kelly's current
contract. He'll receive a guaranteed salary between $1.2 million
and $1.35 million over the next five years as well as
performance-based incentives, the school said Monday.

The contract is pending approval by the university's board of

The Bearcats will play Southern Mississippi (7-5) on Saturday in
the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., culminating
Cincinnati's breakthrough season in the Big East.

Cincinnati went 9-3 and was in contention for the league title
until it lost to West Virginia in its second-to-last game.
Cincinnati finished 4-3 in the Big East.