Notre Dame lost Brian Kelly as head coach, but they might not be in too bad shape.
The Fighting Irish already have a national brand, tradition, history, and their own television deal with NBC. These selling points have always been part of the program. But maybe they have their eyes set on a head coach who should be able to save them like Kelly was.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported on Tuesday that Luke Fickell is apparently Notre Dame’s first choice to replace Kelly.
It is not known whether Dodd is basing his report on inside information or whether he is gathering clues. But Fickell makes a lot of sense as a prime target.
Fickell, 48, has been in Cincinnati for five years and has had great success, including beating Notre Dame at South Bend this season. Fickell attended a Catholic high school in Ohio before later playing for Ohio State, where he spent most of his career as an assistant.
As a Catholic Midwestern footballer who has already proven himself to be a successful coach, Fickell seems like the perfect candidate. If Notre Dame is successful in moving from Kelly to Fickell, she may be able to stay at the top level without wasting a moment.
Notre Dame may also have other highly qualified candidates, such as Matt Campbell of Iowa State, as well as defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, who has been recognized as one of the top recruiters.