Notre Dame offensive coordinator Gerad Parker is leaving South Bend to become the next head coach at Troy, according to multiple reports on Monday.

That news was met with a bit of enthusiasm from Notre Dame fans. Parker spent two years with the Fighting Irish, but his single season as the offensive coordinator was a bumpy one from the get-go.

Notre Dame initially courted Utah’s Andy Ludwig to replace Tommy Rees. When that possibility fell apart, Notre Dame turned to Parker, who served as the team’s tight ends coach in 2022. The season got off to a hot start, but in losses to Ohio State and Louisville (and a near-defeat against Duke), Notre Dame looked to be running on fumes.

Parker’s play-calling was often criticized throughout the season. Still, Notre Dame ended the 2023 regular season ranked eighth nationally in scoring (39.1 a game) and ninth in overall offensive efficiency (7 yards per play). The Irish put 40 points on the board in eight of their 12 games — the most in any season in the last 25 years.

But now coach Marcus Freeman has to look for another new offensive coordinator. Here’s the reaction to that news: