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Jeff Quinn was an assistant at Central Michigan, including during the Chippewas' 2006 MAC title season, before he left with Brian Kelly for Cincinnati.
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Cincinnati offensive coordinator Quinn is new UB coach

Gill's replacement will lead Bearcats in Sugar Bowl

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The University at Buffalo is turning to another offensive-minded coach to fill the void left by Turner Gill in University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn.

Quinn, whose hiring was announced by UB on Sunday, is currently the interim coach at Cincinnati and will lead the undefeated and No. 3-ranked Bearcats in the Sugar Bowl against once-beaten Florida on Jan. 1. He will be officially introduced at a 2 p.m. news conference at UB on Tuesday.

Quinn will receive a five-year contract from UB, which also considered interim head coach and offensive coordinator Danny Barrett for the position after Gill left for Kansas.

UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel was not available for comment.

Twenty-one of Quinn's 26 seasons of coaching on the college level have been spent alongside recently named Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Although this is Quinn's first head coaching job, he joined the Bearcats staff after coaching Central Michigan to a 31-14 win in the 2006 Motor City Bowl when Kelly left for Cincinnati. He was expected to join Kelly as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame following the Sugar Bowl.

Quinn didn't call his own plays when he coached under Kelly. But the Bearcats ran an offense designed by Quinn and he did the majority of the game planning.

Cincinnati ranked sixth nationally in total offense with 464.2 yards per game this season and averaged 39.8 points a game, which also ranked sixth in the country. Quarterback Tony Pike and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard were considered two of the best players in the country at their positions.

Quinn was Central Michigan's associate head coach from 2004 to '06, following 15 seasons at Division II Grand Valley State. The Lakers won back-to-back D-II titles in 2002 and '03.

Twelve linemen that Quinn coached have moved on to play professionally and 22 received All-America recognition. Quinn's O-lines have produced 12 1,000-yard rushers, including 2002 Harlon Hill Trophy winner (D-II Player of the Year) Curt Anes.

In 2001, Grand Valley State set an NCAA mark by averaging 58.4 points per game.

Quinn's spread offense also thrived at Central Michigan, in particular during the 2006 MAC championship season with freshman Dan LeFevour under center.

Quinn's coaching career began as a graduate assistant football and wrestling coach at DePauw (Ind.) from 1984 to '86. He moved on to Ohio Northern as the head wrestling coach and an assistant in football for the next two years.

Quinn graduated from Elmhurst (Ill.) College in 1984 following a decorated athletic career. He was a third-team All-American in football and a standout wrestler.

According to a source, Quinn interviewed for the UB coaching opening with Manuel last week.

A number of candidates reportedly interviewed for the position, including Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

Quinn was a possibility for the job at Cincinnati, which went to Central Michigan's Butch Jones. He was also a candidate to replace Jones at Central Michigan.

Quinn was not available for comment.

rmckissic@buffnews.com


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