Notre Dame football: 3 reasons the Irish will return to the CFP

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Oct 3, 2020; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats assistant coach Marcus Freeman during pregame between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the South Florida Bulls at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /

Notre Dame football: 3 reasons the Irish will return to the College Football Playoff

Coaching Staff

The Notre Dame coaching staff got a monster hire this offseason, as they landed one of the more coveted assistants in the country in Marcus Freeman. Replacing Clark Lea, who is now the head coach at Missouri, Freeman has hit the ground running in South Bend, landing multiple prospects off the field, and showing himself to be an elite coach between the white lines.

Also, Brian Kelly has Tommy Rees coming back for his second year as the team’s offensive coordinator, and he most certainly learned on the fly last season. Based on his football IQ, and the talent he has on offense, Rees could be a rising star within the coaching ranks, giving Kelly two tremendous coordinators.

From Mike Elston to Jeff Quinn, the Irish have some incredible position coaches as well, giving Kelly the total package in terms of his staff.

Overall, the Irish have the talent on the coaching staff, and on the field to make another run towards the College Football Playoff. If they falter, it will not be due to a lack of preparedness, as Kelly has built an elite staff around him, and these players will be in a position to win the game every time they step out on the field.