Reactions: Marcus Freeman to replace Brian Kelly as Notre Dame head coach, per reports

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Nov 20, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman sits on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman sits on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

With Notre Dame working on a deal to promote defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach - according to multiple reports Wednesday night, including one from The Associated Press - the former Cincinnati Bearcats defensive coordinator and assistant potentially could replace Brian Kelly after just one season with the Fighting Irish.

Freeman, 35, worked as a coordinator and linebackers coach under UC head coach Luke Fickell from 2017 to 2020.

Kelly texted players earlier this week that his love for them is limitless and was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach of the LSU Tigers.

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Notre Dame opens its 2022 college football season at Ohio State, where Freeman played as a linebacker from 2004 to 2008.

Former UC assistant Mike Elston, Notre Dame's defensive line coach, is expected to remain in South Bend as part of Freeman's coaching staff:

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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Report: Marcus Freeman to replace Brian Kelly as Notre Dame head coach

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