Brian Kelly shakes up LSU staff with dismissal of longtime strength coach Tommy Moffitt

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A longtime LSU assistant football coach has reportedly been let go in one of the first notable moves of the Brian Kelly era in Baton Rouge.

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Veteran strength coach Tommy Moffitt has been dismissed after 22 seasons in the role, according to The Advocate.

Moffitt was originally hired by Nick Saban in 2000, and remained a fixture of the program during the tenures of Les Miles and Ed Orgeron.

The coach was part of three national titles with LSU, one with each head coach, and was a key figure in the program while it was churning out countless NFL players in his two-plus decades. Prior to LSU, he held similar roles with Miami and Tennessee, according to his university bio page.

Kelly, at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, said he would consider retaining current staff, but Moffitt becomes one of the first to go.

On Friday, wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph also became one of the first high-profile defections since Kelly's arrival, when it was reported he was departing for a job with Nebraska and head coach Scott Frost.

It was unclear who, if anyone, Kelly had in mind for either role yet.

Meanwhile back in South Bend on Friday, Notre Dame officially confirmed the promotion of former defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach.

In a strange twist, Freeman, who turns 36 next month, was reportedly in near-agreement with LSU on becoming their defensive coordinator last offseason, before he ultimately took the same role with Notre Dame.

Tommy Rees, who served as Kelly's offensive coordinator, said on Thursday that he would be remaining with Notre Dame.

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