Chip Long will become one of Kelly’s first lieutenants, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, who is as connected as anyone on the Fighting Irish these days.
Long came to Memphis for one season after Paxton Lynch departed for the NFL and only five starters returned to the unit. He was great there, posting the nation’s 16th-best offense, averaging 39 points per game.
Long replaces Mike Sanford, who became the head coach at Western Kentucky. Long will join Mike Elko, the new defensive coordinator, as the main reasons Notre Dame fans could be excited after a 4-8 season.
Wake Forest and Memphis are not exactly football powerhouses, but these appear to be some coveted candidates, so there’s that.
However, there was another story this week that should have ND fans nervous.
Pro Football Weekly, with no sources and no name in the byline, says Kelly has been seeking an NFL job and is pretty tuned out of being the coach at Notre Dame.
That makes sense, as does the fact that nobody seems interested.