Notre Dame football: Potential replacements for Brian Kelly

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Sep 18, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame football defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman leaves the field after Notre Dame defeated the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame football team is losing head coach Brian Kelly, and here are some replacements they could target for this most coveted job.

Notre Dame football is officially on the job hunt for the first time since they fired Charlie Weis after the 2009 season. It comes after Brian Kelly left Notre Dame for LSU, without giving any hint to anyone within the program that he had been in talks with the Tigers for around a month.

Plenty of questions will be asked about why Kelly is choosing to leave Notre Dame for LSU. However, the more important question becomes, who is going to be the next head coach at Notre Dame? There are a few clear options.

It’s important to remember that Notre Dame isn’t like other blue blood programs. They deal with stricter requirements and give fewer benefits to players. The culture is worlds from that of a major SEC power. So, it’s important to make sure that they fit into Notre Dame’s culture.

Because of this, Notre Dame should look for coaches who have experience at Notre Dame or a similar program. The next thing to look for is their schematic ability and experience as a coach. On top of that, having an elite recruiter would also be important to maintaining their current on-field success.

So, here are five coaches who should be considered for the job as the next head coach at Notre Dame, in no particular order.

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