Notre Dame football appears to have its new wide receivers’ coach, but could the hire also be a hint at a shift on the offensive staff?
The Notre Dame football team wasted no time in replacing Chansi Stuckey. The team didn’t go an entire week without a wide receivers coach.
In Stuckey’s place comes a coach who is viewed as an “up and comer” and it appears that the Fighting Irish were able to convince him to make a lateral move from a Big Ten power team.
According to Matt Zenitz of 247Sports, the Golden Domers are expected to hire former Wisconsin Badgers’ coach Mike Brown who led the same unit while in Madison. The hire is especially interesting considering just how long Brown had been with Badgers’ coach Luke Fickell.
Brown joined Fickell in Madison when he took the Wisconsin job last winter but had been with him at Cincinnati with his boss since 2019. Coincidentally, that means that Brown worked alongside Notre Dame football coach Marcus Freeman.
That’s all interesting, but it’s what Brown’s official position was with the Badgers and Bearcats that might hint at a shift on the Irish coaching staff, even if there isn’t going to be any more hiring or firing.
Notre Dame football offensive staff could see a shift
In his last two stops, Brown wasn’t just the wide receivers coach. He was also the “passing game coordinator” with Cincinnati in 2022 and was the associate head coach with Wisconsin. It’s possible that in order to hire him away, promises had to be made from the Irish.
It’s took early to know for certain, as the school hasn’t even announced the hire yet, but it’s possible that if Gerad Parker doesn’t lose play calling altogether this year, he might have to share his coordinator duties with Brown.
One thing that all Notre Dame football fans can agree on is that the Fighting Irish left a lot to be desired, especially in the passing game. That was always weird considering they had Sam Hartman leading the offense.
How the Mike Brown hire shakes out officially could be interesting to watch.