- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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CINCINNATI -- Brian Kelly's name is among the hottest of those rumored to be in the mix for the Notre Dame head-coaching job. But the Cincinnati coach said he won't address the subject or talk to anyone from another school until after this week's game at Pittsburgh.
The No. 5 Bearcats (11-0, 6-0 Big East) can win their second straight conference title with a victory on Saturday.
"It's absolutely irrelevant," Kelly said when asked about Notre Dame rumors. "We're in lockdown mode. All that other stuff is going to have to wait for another time."
Asked if he would entertain any overtures this week from the Irish, who fired Charlie Weis on Monday, Kelly said, "No. We're focused on Pittsburgh, 100 percent."
Kelly said he didn't plan on addressing the rumors with his team this week and that he didn't think the Bearcats, who have won 17 straight regular-season games, would be distracted.
"They'll be all right," Kelly said after receiving several Notre Dame questions at his weekly news conference. "I'll have them ready. We've done it 17 times in a row. We're going to be OK, we're going to stay focused and we're going to put our football team in a great position to win on Saturday. So I hope that makes your day a little better."
Senior linebacker Andre Revels said most of the players are avoiding the speculation surrounding their coach.
"It's on TV, and we're not really watching TV," Revels said. "We should be inside the film room studying. It's a real hush subject.
"If that's a concern of any player on this team, then they need to go ahead and get off this team. Because we have to focus on Pittsburgh," he said.
Brian Bennett covers Big East football for ESPN.com.
Brian Kelly's name is among the hottest of those rumored to be in the mix for the Notre Dame head coaching job. But the Cincinnati coach said he won't address the subject or talk to anyone from another school until after this week's game at Pittsburgh.