With Brian Kelly to LSU, Notre Dame promotes DC Marcus Freeman to head coach: report


Notre Dame has reportedly found a replacement for Brian Kelly, who was introduced as new head coach of LSU on Wednesday.

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Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman is reportedly being promoted to head coach, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

The reported move comes just days after Kelly stunned the college football world by leaving Notre Dame after 12 largely successful seasons at the helm.

In an interesting twist, Freeman, who turns 36 in January, nearly signed on as LSU's defensive coordinator last offseason before ending up in South Bend.

Now, the coach who hired Freeman -- Kelly -- has moved to Baton Rouge, where Freeman had his near-miss.

Freeman moved into the coaching ranks about a decade ago, after a brief NFL career with the Bears, Bills and Texans. The former Ohio State standout was a fifth-round draft pick in 2009 after twice earning second-team All-Big Ten honors with the Buckeyes.

As a defensive assistant, he's worked for his alma mater, Kent State, Purdue, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame.

Freeman is set to become the second Black head coach in Notre Dame history, after Tyrone Willingham led the Fighting Irish from 2002-04.

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