Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly has been working to fill a gaping hole on his coaching staff. But it looks like he may have found his man.
According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Pete Thamel, the Fighting Irish are expected to hire former Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Lance Taylor as their new running backs coach.
Taylor was relieved of his duties in Carolina earlier this month.
He previously served as running backs coach at Stanford from 2014 to 2016.
Sources: Lance Taylor expected to become the next running backs coach at Notre Dame. Former Stanford RB coach was in NFL with Carolina Panthers as an assistant.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 27, 2019
In Taylor, the Fighting Irish get an assistant with over a decade of experience at the pro and college level.
His first job was as a graduate assistant at Alabama from 2007 to 2008, and then as an assistant at Appalachian State in 2009.
Taylor got his first taste of the NFL as an intern and quality control assistant with the New York Jets from 2010 to 2012, and then was an assistant with the Panthers in 2013 before joining the Stanford Cardinals in 2014.
Taylor is largely credit with turning Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey into one of the top offensive players in college football. He ultimately followed McCaffrey back to the NFL, joining the Carolina Panthers as wide receivers coach when the team drafted him No. 8 overall in 2017.
The position was recently vacated when Autry Denson departed to take over as head coach of Charleston Southern.
Denson served as Notre Dame’s running backs coach from 2015 to 2018.