but I don't think any other coach would have handled it differently.
You may recall that Texas nearly lost the Big 12 championship game that year. The refs weren't sure if their was time left on the clock for Texas to kick a game winning field goal. They gave them the extra second. In reality there was probably only a couple tenths of a second left. If Texas had lost, Cincinnati would be going to the championship game. I remember reading at the time that ND and Kelly had talked but Kelly insisted that all talks would be put on hold if Cincinnati made the championship game.