Notre Dame's coaching turnover continues as running backs coach Lance Taylor is leaving to become the offensive coordinator at Louisville, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN.
This is a promotion for Taylor, who was also the run game coordinator for the Fighting Irish. Taylor oversaw the development of running back Kyren Williams, who went from a three-star recruit to a back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher. Taylor helped restock the running back depth chart as well after years of sub-standard recruiting by the previous running backs coach.
Taylor's first season at Notre Dame was in 2019.
He takes over a Louisville offense that ranked 40th and 55th the last two seasons.
With Taylor gone it means the Notre Dame offensive staff returns just two coaches, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees and tight ends coach John McNulty. Notre Dame has already hired Harry Hiestand to coach the offensive line and Chansi Stuckey to coach wide receivers, and now it will need to find a running backs coach to replace Taylor.
This presents a unique opportunity for first-year head coach Marcus Freeman, who gets to remake the staff in his own image much more than he otherwise would have with more of the staff returning.
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