Cincy's Quinn returns to MAC with Bulls

Updated: December 21, 2009, 10:01 AM ET
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jeff Quinn will be Buffalo's new football coach following the departure of Turner Gill.

Quinn's hiring was announced by the school Sunday, but he will remain as Cincinnati's interim coach until after the unbeaten Bearcats play Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

Buffalo will introduce Quinn at a Tuesday news conference, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Quinn It's an unbelievable honor to know that somebody respects the body of work and the value that I bring.

-- Cincinnati interim coach Jeff Quinn,
on his hiring at Buffalo

"It's an unbelievable honor to know that somebody respects the body of work and the value that I bring, especially at the University of Buffalo," Quinn said Sunday night, according to The Enquirer.

Quinn was elevated from offensive coordinator to interim coach when Brian Kelly took the head-coaching position at Notre Dame earlier this month.

"I am absolutely thrilled for Jeff Quinn," Kelly said, according to the Cincinnati newspaper. "It's a long time coming and I can't think of a guy who's better prepared to take on that challenge. It's hard to really articulate my thoughts other than the fact that Buffalo will be very happy to have him."

Cincinnati hired Central Michigan coach Butch Jones to replace Kelly.

Despite the hiring of Jones, Quinn will still be charged with the responsibility of rallying his players from a whirlwind lead-up to the Sugar Bowl.

An assistant of Kelly's for the past 22 years, Quinn oversaw the Bearcats' signature no-huddle spread offense that was responsible for 7.28 yards per play -- second in the nation to Nevada (7.48), but against a much tougher schedule.

With 27 years of college coaching experience, Quinn returns to the Mid-American Conference, where he previously served as offensive coordinator at Central Michigan.

The Bulls program was much improved during the four years Gill spent there before leaving last week to take over the top job at Kansas.

Gill went 20-30 at Buffalo and led the Bulls to their first conference championship and bowl game last year.

Information from The Associated Press and STATS LLC was used in this report.