Kelly would have stayed for title game

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Texas quarterback Colt McCoy may have played a factor in Brian Kelly being the new coach at Notre Dame.

That's because if McCoy had held the ball a second longer against Nebraska in the Big 12 title game, Cincinnati likely would have been playing in the Citi BCS National Championship Game instead of the Longhorns. Kelly says if that were the case, he would not have left the Bearcats before the title game.

Kelly said on Tuesday he doesn't know if Notre Dame would have waited for him, but he knows he would have stayed to coach in the title game. He says every job he's accepted he's taken because he wants to play for championships.

Notre Dame is hoping Kelly can lead the Irish to their first championship since 1988.