Kelly to talk privately about ND job

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati has barred the media from its annual football banquet, where coach Brian Kelly is expected to tell players about his talks with Notre Dame.

The university changed its media plans Thursday afternoon, a few hours before the banquet. Kelly interviewed with Notre Dame officials this week about becoming Charlie Weis' successor.

The Notre Dame job has always been one of Kelly's favorites, although he would likely want changes in the program in order for him to leave Cincinnati. The fourth-ranked Bearcats (12-0) won their second straight Big East title and will play Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Meanwhile, Connecticut coach Randy Edsall isn't saying whether he's talked to Notre Dame about replacing Charlie Weis.

Asked whether he'd interviewed for ND's coaching job -- ESPN's Joe Schad reported Wednesday there is mutual interest between Notre Dame and Edsall -- Edsall said he won't comment on rumors or speculation about any other job.

Edsall and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier met with reporters Thursday at a news conference for the Jan. 2 Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

Spurrier wasn't as hesitant to talk, though. He called Edsall a "quality guy" who would do a good job if hired by the Irish. Edsall laughed and blushed when Spurrier said Edsall may be at Notre Dame by then.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.