AMHERST, N.Y. — It’s first things first for Jeff Quinn after being formally introduced as the University at Buffalo’s new head coach on Tuesday.
As much as he dressed for the part, wearing a UB lapel pin and a blue and white Bulls hat, and discussed how exciting the opportunity was to become a first-time head coach, Quinn’s mind wasn’t far from some unfinished business back home in Cincinnati.
After all, as interim head coach of the No. 4 Bearcats (12-0), he’s got a Sugar Bowl game against Tim Tebow and No. 5 Florida (12-1) to prepare for on Jan. 1.
“I’m just trying to figure out a way to score a touchdown and stop Tebow,” Quinn said, shortly after completing his first press conference.
Joking that he now has four job titles, including Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and line coach, Quinn’s overseeing the Bearcats after Brian Kelly left the program to take over at Notre Dame two weeks ago.
“Yeah, it’s been quite challenging,” he said. “I’ve had very little sleep but a lot of support.”
Looks as if Quinn and the Bearcats will now have a few more supporters in Buffalo.
“Absolutely, go ’Cats,” Bulls athletic director Warde Manuel said.