It came as no surprise today when Football Scoop tweeted out the news about Arizona State Sun Devil tight ends coach DelVaughn Alexander joining the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as their next wide receivers coach.
Source tells FootballScoop Arizona State’s DelVaughn Alexander is headed to Notre Damehttps://t.co/ppxU2CWIrn— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 11, 2017
After all, Alexander has been a name that has been mentioned as the favorite to land the job ever since he interviewed last week. It’s probably not a coincidence that new Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long had worked with Alexander under Todd Graham at Arizona State. There is a familiarity that, quite honestly, trumps a bunch of other factors.
That’s not the only thing that will be familiar to Alexander. He played football for the USC Trojans from 1995-1998, which is the same time that current Irish running backs coach Autry Denson played.
Alexander is well known for being a really good receivers coach, as well as good recruiter with many contacts in Los Angeles. What I find to be the most curious thing, is that he coached receivers for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2007 till 2011 when he joined Graham in Tempe for the Sun Devil job. I can’t think of two more diverse style of offenses than the power ground game of Wisconsin compared to the spread air attack of Arizona State. This makes for a well-rounded coach and, perhaps, well-suited for the next Notre Dame offense (which I suspect will be more of a mashup of those styles moving forward).
For Notre Dame, the coaching search is over- for now. Somewhere in those Tommy Rees rumors, are some truths attached. We expect Tommy Rees to be hired as an offensive analyst, and shortly after the NCAA allows the 10th coach for schools, we also expect Rees to be named the quarterbacks coach. This has been widely reported and speculated upon, but the final answer may not come for a few more weeks.