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Bagpipe Monday: What Notre Dame Coordinator Will Make The Biggest Difference In 2017?

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The coaching staff for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish underwent quite the overhaul over the offseason after that abysmal 4-8 campaign in 2016. The Irish have three new coordinators employed, and it sounds like things will be very different this year.

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Mike Elko was hired away from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons after Notre Dame went 3/4's of the season without one when it fired Brian VanGorder. Elko brings with him a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, and a focus on fundamentals that had his defenses at Wake and with the Bowling Green Falcons play above their talent level.

Former Memphis Tigers offensive coordinator, Chip Long, was brought in after Mike Sanford took the head coaching job for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Long has a long (sorry) history of being involved with "high-octane" offenses with the Arizona State Sun Devils and Memphis.

Former Irish assistant coach Brian Polian was hired as Notre Dame's special teams coordinator after he was let go from the head coaching job with the Nevada Wolfpack. His sole responsibility with the Irish is special teams, which is a change in philosophy from previous years.

So, the question is: which of these coordinators will make the biggest difference this year for Notre Dame? Can Elko get the defense to stop, well... anyone? Will Chip Long's offensive playcalling duties cause a resurrection of the running game? Will Brian Polian be able to get the units to stop screwing up on a regular basis - and cover a damn kickoff?


Which coordinator will make the biggest difference in 2017?

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Who gets it done this year?

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