In the past two weeks, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has lost both his offensive and defensive coordinators to new head coaching gigs. Chuck Martin, who ran the Irish offense, bolted for Miami (Ohio) to run the show, while Bob Diaco is entering the AAC to be the head man at UConn.
Of course, this brings a lot of question marks to Notre Dame. Not only does Kelly have to worry about replacing two very effective coordinators, he has to wait and see if any of his other position coaches will join the Diaco or Martin at their new homes. Specifically, rumors have been swirling about Irish defensive line coach Mike Elston heading to Connecticut to run the defense for the Huskies. Today, however, Brian Kelly stated that he expects the rest of his staff to remain intact for next season:
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) December 14, 2013
Of course, just because Kelly expects his staff members to stay doesn’t mean that they will, but he probably has a pretty good idea of their intentions at this point, considering it has been a few days since Diaco has switched teams, and well over a week for Martin. Regardless, staff continuity has always been a priority for Kelly at Notre Dame, so he’s likely making a very hard push to keep everyone else where they are.
Kelly has already named assistant Kerry Cooks the defensive coordinator for the Pinstripe Bowl — Mike Denbrock will assume the offensive coordinator duties through the bowl game.