Four Cincinnati assistants heading to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's new staff will have a distinctly Cincinnati flavor.

Head coach Brian Kelly officially announced the hiring of former Bearcats defensive line/assistant head coach Mike Elston to his first Irish staff today. Also expected to join Kelly in South Bend are defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, passing game coordinator Charley Molnar and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Tim Hinton.

The only current holdover for Cincinnati from the old staff is defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs, who was retained by new head coach Butch Jones. The rest are expected to join Kelly's former offensive coordinator, Jeff Quinn, in Buffalo. Jones will likely bring many assistants from his time at Central Michigan to Cincinnati.