By Thayer Evans
February 16, 2015

Notre Dame outside linebackers coach Bob Elliott is expected to move to an off-field role according to sources.

Elliott, 61, has been an assistant for the Fighting Irish the past three seasons, the first two as safeties coach. He has battled health-related issues throughout his 36-year coaching career, undergoing a bone marrow transplant for a rare form of blood cancer in 1998 and a kidney transplant in February 2013.

Prior to Notre Dame, Elliott coached the secondary at Iowa State (2010-11). Excluding his four years as wide receivers coach at North Carolina from 1983-86, he spent the remainder of his career as a defensive coordinator or secondary coach.

Elliott was defensive coordinator at San Diego State (2006-08), Kansas State (2002-05) and his alma mater, Iowa (1996-98). An Iowa City, Iowa native, he has been an assistant at Iowa or Iowa State for half of his coaching career.

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Elliott was a defensive back for Iowa from 1972-75 and got his start as a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes the following year. His new role means Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly will have at least three new faces on his coaching staff this next season.

Earlier this month, defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks and running backs coach Tony Alford left for assistants jobs at Oklahoma and Ohio State respectively. Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford is joining Notre Dame in the same role and Vanderbilt cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght is also coming aboard.

Kelly is also expected to hire South Florida running backs coach Autry Denson in the same role, sources told on Tuesday. His team had an 8-5 record past year and he has a 45-20 mark at the school in five seasons.

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