BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo will host an unforgettable night on Wednesday May 8 when UB head football coach Jeff Quinn and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly sit down for a Gridiron Conversation to be held at UB’s Center for the Arts. This must-see special event will let fans get an insider’s view of college football as the two coaches share stories, talk football and reminisce about their 21 years of coaching together.

“When Jeff approached me about the unique opportunity to have Brian Kelly visit Buffalo, I knew that this is something our fans would really enjoy,” said UB Director of Athletics Danny White. “These two men had a great ride together, executing a vision for excellence on several different campuses over the years. Placing Coach Quinn and Coach Kelly in an informal setting is an event any college football fan won’t want to miss.”

Quinn is entering his fourth season as head coach at Buffalo. He and Kelly worked together at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. At Grand Valley, Quinn was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator. In 2001 under Quinn’s leadership, Grand Valley’s offense set an NCAA record by averaging 58.4 points per game. Kelly and Quinn led the Lakers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.

When Kelly was hired as the head coach at Central Michigan, he named Quinn his offensive coordinator. They turned a three-win team into a MAC champion in just three seasons.

The pair had similar success at their next stop in Cincinnati. In three seasons, the Bearcats compiled a 33-6 record, including a 12-1 record and a trip to the Sugar Bowl in 2009.

Following the 2009 season, the pair finally parted ways. Quinn earned his first head coaching job when he was hired at Buffalo on Dec. 22, 2009. The program has steadily improved over the three seasons with Quinn at the helm. Kelly was hired as the head coach at Notre Dame on Dec. 10, 2009. In 2012, he led the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record and a spot in the BCS Championship game. Kelly was the 2012 Associated Press Coach of the Year.

Tickets can be purchased starting Monday, March 25 at the UB Center for the Arts ticket office or by calling 1-888-223-6000. Every purchase receives a bonus ticket to the UB football home opener vs. Stony Brook on Sept. 14. The event will begin at 7 pm at the Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre.

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