Reports: Notre Dame to promote TE coach Gerad Parker to offensive coordinator Report: Notre Dame to hire QB coach Gino Guidugli, formerly of Wisconsin and Cincinnati Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand announces retirement after one year in second Irish stint Where Notre Dame Was & Is: Tight ends, moving on from an all-time great Where Notre Dame Was & Is: Running backs, led by a familiar ‘three-headed monster’

For the second time in a row, Notre Dame’s new offensive coordinator will work on domestic promotion. Irish head coach Marcus Freeman will advance the coach through difficult ends Just Parker offensive coordinator, according to several Wednesday reports. first reported Notre Dame’s plans to commit their offense to Parker to replace the former Irish offensive coordinator. Tommy Rhys after he left for the same role in Alabama earlier this month.

Parker joined Freeman’s staff last winter as tight end coach after two years as joint offensive coordinator in West Virginia, where he worked with Graham Harrell. Given Freeman reportedly hired a former Cincinnati offensive coordinator. Gino Guidugli as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach earlier Wednesday, Parker could have another offensive partnership.

With Gwidugli in particular, it may take some time for the university to formally announce its admission to the state, which has happened frequently in South Bend over the past 21 years.

Two coaching decisions leave Freeman’s staff with only one vacancy in the offensive line.

As in the case of Guidugli and Parker, Freeman worked with them long before he became the head coach of Notre Dame. Guidugli was Cincinnati’s offensive coach for the four years that Freeman played Luke FickellBearcats staff, and Freeman and Parker coached together at Purdue from 2013 to 2016.

Those terms ended when the Boilermakers fired the head coach. Darrell Hazell. Parker served as acting head coach for Purdue for the final six games of the season. Prior to that, he coached the receiving fighters of the Boilermakers for two seasons, after two of which he was the coach of the tight ends.

Freeman has mentioned in the past that the two have spent many nights on this difficult stretch, discussing the day one of them becomes head coach under different circumstances. After living for a year in such circumstances, Freeman staked much of his future on Parker.

This search for an offensive coordinator began deliberately for Freeman, combing through a bunch of possibilities before reportedly interviewing a Kansas state offensive coordinator for the first time. Colleen Klein. His search then moved to the offensive coordinator in Utah. Andy Ludwigpublic entertainment, which included, in particular, visiting a hockey game in Notre Dame.

Once Ludwig emerged as the likely next Irish offensive coordinator, something went wrong in the process and in handling Ludwig’s massive ransom from Utah. Public ridicule of these events will have a negative effect on Parker’s promotion, rightly or unfairly.

But the facts in Parker’s resume remain as they are. He and Freeman have a long professional and personal relationship. The biggest hole in his offensive coaching career is working with quarterbacks, which Guidugli excels at.

Marcus Freeman hired another employee from his past who reportedly brought Gino Guidugli to the Notre Dame coaching staff as quarterbacks coach. Guidugli spent the last six years in Cincinnati and then spent the last two months in Wisconsin after the former Bearcats head coach. Luke Fickell brought some of his old staff to Madison.

ESPNPete Thamel first announced on Wednesday the Irish’s intention to hire Guidugli.

He called games in Cincinnati for the last two seasons, leading an attack that not only beat Notre Dame at South Bend in 2021, but made the playoffs and then finished third in the AAC in 2022.

Perhaps most notably, Guidugli has been the quarterbacks coach for the past four of five years. Desmond Riddercollege career, turning the former two-star rookie into an NFL third-round draft pick and a four-game NFL starter in his rookie season.

Guidugli also has extensive recruiting experience in the Midwest, as evidenced by his four years of experience as a recruiting coordinator in Central Michigan. Along with Guidugli, three of Freeman’s hires over the past two winters submitted resumes labeled “recruitment coordinator,” joining the special teams coordinator. Brian Mason and current tight ends coach Just Parker. None of them officially hold that title in South Bend, which is a feature of the extended support staff, but they all understand the importance of being hired to create a consistent playoff contender.

Guidugli’s hiring comes after a tumultuous week for Freeman’s hiring process. After the former offensive coordinator Tommy Rhys left for Alabama earlier this month and former offensive line coach Harry Hystand resigned Sunday, it appeared Notre Dame was close to hiring a Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.

Something went awry in that process and in handling Ludwig’s massive ransom from Utah. Public mockery of these events will affect the optics of any subsequent offensive coordinator hire, rightly or wrongly.

However, hiring a quarterbacks coach narrows down the offensive coordinator search to two distinct possibilities: Either Notre Dame will find an offensive line coach to serve as offensive coordinator, or it will find an internal candidate for the offensive coordinator position and then proceed to search for an offensive line. trainer.

Parker spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons as West Virginia’s joint offensive coordinator, making him the most likely domestic candidate. But the Parker and Mountainers quarterbacks are being trained more thoroughly. Graham Harrell worked under the guidance of the head coach Neil Brownlongtime offensive coach who controlled that offense until the 2022 season.

When looking for an offensive coordinator, Freeman made play experience a priority, slightly ahead of schematic flexibility and quarterback development. By bringing in Guidugli, he may have solved the mystery of the game, as it has to do with Parker’s rise, and Ridder’s career itself is a testament to Guidugli’s ability to develop a quarterback.

A quarterback in his playing career, Guidugli set numerous career records in Cincinnati from 2001 to 2004. He then spent a season with the Tennessee Titans before winning in the Canadian Football League and several iterations of the Arena Football League for several years.

Based on the biography still hanging on the Cincinnati Athletic Department’s webpage, Guidugli is pronounced guh-doo-do.

2010-12: Central Michigan – graduate student
2013-2016: Central Michigan – runner coach and recruiting coordinator.
2017: Cincinnati – running back coach
2018-19: Cincinnati – quarterbacks coach
2020-21: Cincinnati – quarterbacks coach and passing coordinator
2022: Cincinnati – quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

Whoever Marcus Freeman is hiring Notre Dame as the next Offensive Coordinator and now has his first task: to hire an Offensive Line Coach after Harry Hystand announced his retirement on Sunday evening. Hystand returned to the Irish coaching staff just a year ago.

“I have made the decision to resign,” Khistand said in a statement. “It’s important for me to spend time with my family as I have two kids competing in college track and field, one in my senior season, and I figured it was time for me to get involved.”

Hiestand works under Tommy Rhys for a year made sense; …


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