Considering their time together at Cincinnati, Notre Dame football head coach Marcus Freeman is familiar with newly hired QBs coach Gino Guidugli. Given where the OC search is headed, this is a tremendous hire for the program and makes me feel better about the offense next year.
Gerad Parker is trending as the next offensive coordinator for Notre Dame football, and it bodes well to get a passing game coordinator of sorts in the fold. Gino was just hired at Wisconsin as passing game coordinator and tight ends coach; I’d assume if Parker gets promoted, he’ll be in the same role with the Irish.
Gino is a former quarterback for the Bearcats in his collegiate days and has spent time in the CFL and AFL at QB. He has been a quarterbacks coach since 2018 and could help the program immensely in the passing game.
It still begs the question, couldn’t Notre Dame have done the same thing if they had hired Andy Ludwig or someone else? I’m sure there will be a lot of what-ifs moving forward but bringing in Gino is an excellent addition to the Notre Dame football program. According to a tweet from Pete Thamel, he has had plenty of recruiting experience in the midwest. Unfortunately, however, I couldn’t find much about his recruiting.
Regardless this likely means Parker is indeed getting the offensive coordinator position. While his numbers as OC at West Virginia weren’t great, they weren’t the worst either. With a more talented roster, he may elevate his offense and play-calling. Still, Parker has minimal experience even with that.
Many questions need to be answered about this search and how things played out, but things are finally ending. Let’s hope Notre Dame football and the higher-ups know what they’re doing.