Notre Dame finished the regular season with an 11-1 record. It has won its last seven games after losing to Cincinnati and recorded double-digit wins in each of its last six.
Because of their strong play and track record, the Fighting Irish are a top 10 team. They entered the final week of the season with an overall 6th place in the College Football Playoff standings, but they could have will advance after Ohio State (#2) suffered its second loss of the season. If so, Notre Dame would find itself at the pinnacle of CFP creation.
There’s only one problem with that. They still don’t know who will train them if they go there.
Brian Kelly is leaving the program to take up a job as head coach at LSU. That left Notre Dame’s coach position vacant for the first time since Charlie Weis was fired exactly 12 years ago until November 30, 2009.
However, Notre Dame is still on the hunt for a spot in the College Rugby Round or one of the biggest games of the New Year. But will Kelly be able to coach them before that game? Or will Fighting Irish have someone else take the reins? Here’s what we know about Notre Dame’s coaching situation as they gear up for post-season action.
Will Brian Kelly coach Notre Dame in the College Football Playoffs?
Brian Kelly will not be coaching Notre Dame after this season, even if it does make it to the College Rugby Round. School athletic director Jack Swarbrick made the announcement during a press conference on November 30, the day Kelly was officially announced as the next coach at LSU.
“We’re going to have our current coaching staff, I hope, largely intact, and we’ll be appointing who has to do the jump jump, like how to use timeouts and flips,” Swarbrick said. coin,” said Swarbrick. “But we have a great staff. We have great coordinators, so I’m confident we’ll be fully prepared for what I hope is a CFP game – but otherwise not. , I’m definitely going to be a New Year Six Game – and Brian won’t be in that game for us.”
That would give the Notre Dame caretaker an opportunity to lead the team to a crucial post-season win. And if they go to the College Football Round, the interim coach will have a chance to lead the Fighting Irish to an unlikely championship, just as Steve Fischer did for the Michigan basketball team after he took over from Bill. Frieder before the 1989 NCAA Tournament.
Swarbrick did not name an interim coach during Tuesday’s press conference, but he will certainly do so soon to ensure his team has plenty of time to adjust to the change in leadership. religion.
Who will be Notre Dame’s interim coach?
Swarbrick has yet to announce Notre Dame’s interim coach. However, he did confirm that whoever gets clicked will be the one who will temporarily Not attracted consideration as the Fighting Irish’s next full-time head coach.
Defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman is considered an interim coaching candidate and he is also viewed as a potential full-time replacement for Kelly. However, it looks like he can now only operate in one of those roles, and he may not be in both positions.
According to Pete Sampson of The Athletic, Kelly wants the 35-year-old Freeman to go with him to LSU and is willing to make him one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the country.
Source: LSU head coach Brian Kelly contacted Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman on Monday in an effort to get him to Baton Rouge. Kelly intends to make Freeman the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football.
– Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 30, 2021
If that happens, the Fighting Irish will have to consider some other temporary training options. Special Teams Coordinator Brian Polian and Offensive Coordinator Tommy Rees represent the two most senior aides besides Freeman on the Notre Dame coaching staff.