Notre Dame Expected To Hire Marcus Freeman as Next Head Coach

The University of Notre Dame is expected to promote Defensive Coordinator Marcus Freeman to be the program’s next head coach after Brian Kelly left for LSU earlier this week.

Freeman, 35, was in his first season as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator after spending the previous four seasons in the same role at Cincinnati. Freeman had also been an assistant coach at Kent State and Purdue and started his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Ohio State.

This would be Freeman’s first head coaching gig at any level.

Freeman is an Ohio native and played linebacker at Ohio State from 2004-08, appearing in 51 games with 37 starts in his Buckeyes career.

The Chicago Bears drafted Freeman in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Freeman was waived by the Bears in September, 2009 and was signed by Buffalo and Houston that season before retiring in May, 2010 due to an enlarged heart condition.

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