According to a report filed early this morning from the South Bend Tribune it appears Brian Kelly has made his choice for the play-caller in 2014.
It's Brian Kelly.
After ceding control to Chuck Martin (now the new head coach at Miami Ohio) Kelly is grabbing back the power on offense. From Eric Hansen's piece this morning:
Kelly said he wants to become more involved in the offense, because with Everett Golson coming back, the coach feels ND finally has the right quarterback in place. He also feels the skill players around Golson will allow the Irish "to be more aggressive on offense."
He called ND's collection of skill players, "the most balanced" since he has been at Notre Dame.
The other noteworthy item mentioned in the report was that Kelly has made a quarterbacks coach hire and it will be announced sometime next week. That coach's job will be to work with the young quarterbacks in Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer while Kelly (presumably) works one-on-one with Golson.
Does this mean Notre Dame won't officially hire an offensive coordinator? That may be a possibility but it's also likely that Mike Denbrock has the interim OC tag removed and becomes the official OC in whatever capacity Brian Kelly sees fit.
What do you think of this news?
I'm personally in wait and see mode. I don't begrudge Kelly for making a move like this because the offense has always been his baby and in a way it's only right that he steers the ship. Yet, I think the offense (and program) could have used a fresh set of ideas and some re-calibration with Golson coming back.
I'll have more on the offense in the coming weeks throughout the off-season.
Classes start today for Notre Dame which means Everett Golson is back on campus and both EE's for the 2014 class in Justin Brent and Justin Trumbetti have officially started their college careers.