Jeff Quinn will be Buffalo's new football coach following the departure of Turner Gill.

Quinn's hiring was announced by the school yesterday, but he will remain as Cincinnati's interim coach until after the Bearcats play Florida in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. Quinn, Cincy's offensive coordinator, was named interim coach when head coach Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame earlier this month.

With 27 years of college coaching experience, Quinn returns to the Mid-American Conference, where he previously served as offensive coordinator at Central Michigan.

The Bulls' program was much improved during the 4 years Gill spent there before leaving last week to take over the top job at Kansas. Gill went 20-30 at Buffalo and led the Bulls to their first conference championship and bowl game last year.

Noteworthy

* Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren declared for the NFL draft. The junior from Long Beach, Calif., had asked the NFL Draft Advisory Board to project when he would be selected if chose to go pro.

"It was pretty broad, but they said I could go in the first or second round," said Warren, adding he has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Warren said he informed coach Rich Rodriguez of his decision yesterday.