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Notre Dame Football: Mike Denbrock is expected to be the next Irish offensive coordinator

Third time’s a charm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Cincinnati at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to ND Insider’s Eric Hansen, Notre Dame is expected to hire LSU Tigers offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock to fill the same role in South Bend.

I started to hear rumblings about this hire earlier this week, and as the days went by, this move felt more and more like a certainty just waiting to happen.

Denbrock was a hot commodity this offseason after leading an explosive LSU offense that eventually had the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Jayden Daniels.

“And walk away from Tigers head coach and longtime friend Brian Kelly and a lucrative-but-unsigned contract extension offered to him when he turned down Mississippi State to become the nation’s highest-paid college football offensive coordinator, then passed on joining new Texas A&M head coach Mike Elko recently to become the offensive coordinator there.”

Since Denbrock’s departure from Notre Dame after the disastrous 4-8 season in 2016, he went on to be the OC for the Cincinnati Bearcats from 2017-2021. He helped develop Desmond Ridder and oversaw the Bearcat’s upsetting the Irish in South Bend in 2021. Cincy went onto the playoff that season as the only Group of 5 program to ever make the CFB Playoff. Denbrock then took the OC job at LSU when Brian Kelly took over the program in 2022.

This, of course, will be Mike Denbrock’s third tour of duty in South bend. He was the TE coach during Tyrone Willingham’s time with the Irish, and was part of Brian Kelly’s first staff in 2010 and stayed there until after the 2016 season.

While some fans are naturally apprehensive about bringing back an “old guy” and may be looking for new blood... Notre Dame is a different kind of place. Mike Denbrock understands how Notre Dame works, and will be able to hit the ground running with a lot more ease than some 34 year old “up and comer” in college football.

I’m thrilled with this move, and am ready to completely move on from the Gerad Parker experience.