Brian Kelly reportedly trying to hire Notre Dame coordinators Marcus Freeman, Tommy Rees to LSU staff
Brian Kelly is reportedly trying to bring Notre Dame coordinators Marcus Freeman and Tommy Rees with him to LSU.
According to The Athletic’s Pete Sampson, Kelly contacted Freeman on Monday. He also indicated that Freeman could become the highest paid defensive coordinator in the country.
Source: LSU head coach Brian Kelly reached out to Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman on Monday in an effort to bring him to Baton Rouge. Kelly would intend to make Freeman the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 30, 2021
The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna is reporting that LSU is also “making a run” at Rees.
LSU is also making a hard run at Notre Dame OC Tommy Rees, sources tell @TheAthletic, in addition to DC Marcus Freeman. https://t.co/I9NVJCnrLC
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 30, 2021
Rees, of course, is a former Notre Dame quarterback. He was a multi-year starter for the Fighting Irish from 2010-13 — Kelly’s first years on the job in South Bend. He’s been on Notre Dame’s staff since 2017 and is in his second season as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Freeman is in his first year as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator after moving from Cincinnati. He is considered to be a top candidate to replace Kelly on a permanent basis.
If Kelly is successful in luring Freeman and Rees to Baton Rogue, it would mean even more devastation for Notre Dame’s chances in a potential College Football Playoff run.