Notre Dame hires Cincy’s Freeman as defensive coordinator


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame has discovered its new defensive coordinator, hiring Marcus Freeman away from Cincinnati.

Freeman, who turns 35 on Sunday, had spent the final three seasons as Cincinnati’s linebackers coach and defensive coordinator. He now will fill each these roles at Notre Dame.

He replaces Clark Lea, who left to take over Vanderbilt’s program.

”As we appeared into discovering somebody to run our protection, it was necessary to seek out the best match for our program and Marcus and his household are simply that,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly stated Friday in a press release. ”He has had nice success on the sphere, each operating a protection and in his direct work along with his linebackers. Moreover, he’s thought-about among the many elite recruiters within the teaching ranks.”

Cincinnati ranked thirteenth amongst all Soccer Bowl Subdivision groups in whole protection (324.6) and eighth in scoring protection (16.8) this season because the Bearcats went 9-1, ending with a 24-21 Peach Bowl loss to Georgia.

The Bearcats have been third in go effectivity protection, 14th in run protection and tied for tenth in takeaways.

Freeman will get an opportunity to face his former group subsequent season. Notre Dame is scheduled to host Cincinnati on Oct. 2.

Earlier than coming to Cincinnati, Freeman spent three seasons at Purdue. He was Penn State’s linebackers coach from 2011-12. He began his teaching profession as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2010.

He performed linebacker for Ohio State from 2004-08.

”The work Marcus has completed elevating the packages he has been part of speaks for itself, however equally as necessary is the distinctive work he has completed in constructing relationships along with his employees and gamers,” Kelly stated. ”Marcus was our best choice to turn out to be our subsequent defensive coordinator, and we’re happy he and his household might be becoming a member of us at Notre Dame.”

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