Re: Brian Kelly, leading candidate for Tennessee job...
UPDATE: Mike Thomas said there were three parts of the meeting:
1. practice facilities and indoor facilities -- those are on track, he said.
2. 'operation pieces' -- "There’s a laundry list of those things and they’re going to happen." Basically a bigger budget.
3. The expansion of Nippert Stadium, including more seats, luxury boxes and infrastructure such as restrooms and concession stands.
This is the "trigger moment to launch that thing."
"I think you can't put a price tag on what this has done for this program, this department, this university and this community," Thomas said.
Kelly said he was excited about the message he received in today's meeting with Thomas, Zimpher and Wyler.
"I too need the gas to run, and today my tank was filled," Kelly said.
Kelly said he's told other universities that he's not going to be interested in their jobs.
"My name has come out with virtually every job that's out there," Kelly said. "I'm hoping very soon Obama mentions my name as ambassadorship to Ireland, that would be nice. That may continue to happen, but I can tell you that I'm going to be at the University of Cincinnati."