Not everybody is happy for Brian Kelly. Notre Dame's new coach left a group of angry players behind at Cincinnati.
Kelly told Bearcat players he was leaving in a meeting after the team banquet Thursday night.
"He went for that money, that wasn't no time for me to be in there," said receiver Mardy Gilyard, who walked out of the meeting a minute after it started.
"I don't want to hear it. I'm thoroughly disgusted with this situation, that it lasted this long. I heard everything I needed to hear, and that was, 'I accepted the Notre Dame job.' "
Kelly secretly met with Notre Dame officials last week before the Bearcats' game against Pittsburgh and he told his players they would be the first to know if he decided to make the move to South Bend. As it turned out, they were among the last to know.
It snowed overnight in Cincinnati, and students took the opportunity to let their feelings be known to Brian Kelly on the turf of Nippert Stadium. The Bearcat coach confirmed through his Twitter account that he had been contacted by Notre Dame about its opening.
"Just informed our team that Notre Dame has contacted me and I will listen to what they have to say," Kelly wrote.
Note: It's an very clean job spelling out this message in the snow and I decided to post the images despite concerns they could have been altered in Photoshop. No footprints. But at least one of the images appeared on the website of Cincinnati's WKRC-TV.
Cincinnati is one game from a 12-0 regular season, yet the Bearcats seemingly have no shot at playing in the Bowl Championship Series title game. Can somebody explain why Texas or the Alabama/Florida winner is more deserving?
Not only does Cincinnati have cute cheerleaders and a victory at Oregon State, but they serve beer at Nippert Stadium! How can you argue against $6 drafts?
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin took in the festivities Friday during the Bearcats' home finale against Illinois. Click here to view his gallery.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was at Friday night's West Virginia-Cincinnati game and snapped this shot of Bearcat running back Isaiah Pead's jump over the West Virginia line. Did Pead break the plane before fumbling? "I don't think he did," Greg writes. View Greg's gallery from Friday's game by clicking here.
A controversial call in Friday night's West Virginia-Cincinnati game, won by the Bearcats, 24-21. Watch Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead jump over the line and reach for the goal with the ball. He fumbles and West Virginia recovers.
The official in the replay booth rules otherwise, giving Cincinnati a touchdown.
"I don't want to be disrespectful, but I'm going to save that for the Big East,'' West Virginia's Bill Stewart said. "They called it the way they saw it.''
This brings back memories of the 2007 Pittsburgh-West Virginia game, when a couple of very questionable holding calls went against the Panthers. The Mountaineers, much like the Bearcats on Friday night, needed a victory to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Despite the questionable officiating, Pittsburgh won, 13-9, in what was Rich Rodriguez's last game as West Virginia coach. Video of that game is after the jump.