Latest On Notre Dame OC Chip Long

Bryan Driskell

Footballscoop.com is reporting that Notre Dame OC Chip Long is not expected to return to Notre Dame in 2020. This information is not new, and it's also the same information I've heard from sources for the last two weeks.

In fact, I was informed on Sunday that this was a very real possibility, and that both sides of the situation were ready to move in a different direction. 

There are a lot of reasons for this that we'll get into down the road when the time is right, but I can confidently say that both sides are ready for a fresh start.

Long has drawn a lot of interest for other OC positions in the past and is drawing interest for head coach spots this offseason, as well as other OC positions. 

The question is then what happens next, and based on the sources I've spoken with it would seem head coach Brian Kelly is leaning towards promoting quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees to offensive coordinator.

Rees has been a full-time coach for just three seasons, and he recently interviewed for the OC spot at Northwestern but wasn't brought back for a second interview. But if sources I've spoken with are accurate, that won't keep him from being promoted to the top spot at Notre Dame.

Rees will handle play-calling duties for the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State, but if the sources I spoke with are correct this could be an audition for a full-time role.

I'm a bit skeptical that this is actually what Kelly would do this based on Rees' lack of experience and maturity as a coach, which makes me incredibly skeptical that this would ultimately be the move. But it is something sources have been telling me for a month.

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Comments (141)
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ryno1134
ryno1134

Not that I believe this, but has Rees been more involved in the offense the last few weeks of the season?

Paddy_C
Paddy_C

Cant wait for kelly to be blamed for Longs departure regardless of the circumstances because that's how some fans see things. Hopefully they can hire someone who runs a similar system and will help Book take that leap needed for 2020 to be a special year

jmjonesy80
jmjonesy80

Any rumors on Quinn? 🤞🏻

Tconn39
Tconn39

Any chance Lance Taylor is named OC?

Tdisu19
Tdisu19

Obviously this is all conjecture right now, but if it does take place, who are 2-3 guys that would be at the top of your personal list Coach D?

sbf
sbf

would addazio be considered for oc? ol would sharpen up with him as oc. he wouldn't let bad ol play occur on his watch. what did you think of him when he was oc at florida under urban?

chamgel
chamgel

Losing Long and keeping Quinn is a worst case scenario for the offense. Very difficult to imagine ND closing the gap with Quinn coaching the Oline.

Mikej82
Mikej82

So is it worth promoting Rees if ND can bring in some help for the offensive line? If the offensive line struggles the play caller won’t matter.

Jpirish58
Jpirish58

Interesting Seems like its time to move on from Long. Need to lock up the DC ASAP. Clark has made a huge difference in this team.

jsully0101
jsully0101

Wow...

Csnpm
Csnpm

Hopefully new OC from outside who gets to pick or bring his own OL coach but probably too much wishful thinking.

zibby43
zibby43

Coach, does this leaking hurt recruiting at all, specifically with offensive skill talent guys like Mayer? Thanks in advance.

Ctamme
Ctamme

Is it wishful thinking to give him Jeff Quinn as part of a severance package? 😂

NDBEAST1088
NDBEAST1088

Coach if Chip does leave, what recruits/commits, if any, would consider not signing with ND this cycle or next?

Pjtdomer
Pjtdomer

Having listened to Coach’s recent (excellent) podcast and comments on the offensive coaching and QB situation, I think there are two scenarios.

The first is the most likely. Kelly promotes Rees. Book stays. Jurkovic leaves. If Lea stays on defense, we win 8 games and get creamed by Clemson. We lose to all good teams as the wheels slowly come off and people realize its not hard to game plan for a very talented team that can’t run the ball.

The second is very less likely (based on Bryan’s comments). Long’s departure and pressure from on high perhaps makes Kelly realize the offense hit a ceiling with the current offensive staff, and he posts the job to find the best available OC who picks his own OL and QB coach to reset a team that has lots of talent. Then maybe Jurkovic stays (and in my view would ultimately start for a good OC).

I am not optimistic, and hope Kelly gets no raise when he gets extended and that his buyout remains low. because we may be in the market for a head coach one year from today.

Matt0315
Matt0315

Rees cant get a second interview at Northwestern for the OC but he will potentially calling plays for ND. Big Risk

beyeg
beyeg

Interesting that the first stories were that he was moving on because he was an HC candidate. Now it seems that ND is not bringing him back.

This just seems odd - as our offense wasn't too bad under Long.

Fouledanchor
Fouledanchor

Rees would be a step back i believe. We can put whoever we want as OC but until the Quinn issue is addressed nothing will change. It all starts up front on both sides of the ball always has always will.

Jacob15
Jacob15

Wow. Could have something to do with Long being frustrated with the current state and direction of the OL? And how it ties his hands as a play caller?

This is make or break for Kelly. Giving it to Quinn or promoting Rees and it fails should ultimately do Kelly in. I guess time will tell.

KenND
KenND

Brian Kelly:

Step 1: Almost lose your job because you hire your buddies that are crap coaches.

Step 2: Go outside the program to hire coaches, and save your job.

Step 3: Your job now secure, go back to hiring your buddies.

I am absolutely done with BK.

mparrott84
mparrott84

I am curious as to what this means for Dell Alexander, also from what I understand there was a ton of friction between book and long, so I guess helps assure us that book will return...

mparrott84
mparrott84

What's the better option, Tom Reese as OC and Quinn back at OL, or promote Quinn to OC and give him the TE's and hire a new OL coach? @Bryan Driskell

Fitz1105
Fitz1105

I am as pessimistic about the state of the program as I’ve been in a long time. Just frustrating to see such predictably poor decisions being made from someone in such an important position

mparrott84
mparrott84

Honestly I would have rather seen Chip Long returned and ian book leave, that's my $0.02

Jacob15
Jacob15

Who calls plays in the bowl game?

Tdisu19
Tdisu19

Pat Fitzgerald isn’t exactly someone I would consider to have a good eye for OC talent.

mjhawkeye
mjhawkeye

I would give both of my testicles if the Cyclones defeated ND.

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

I don't understand moving on from Long. Why? He is a good recruiter and a good play caller. This doesn't make any sense. Letting Long walk and elevating Tommy is reckless IMO if it's true.

Greggreg83
Greggreg83

Would give Long a B grade overall for his time at Notre Dame. Did seem to bring some new life to the offense overall.

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

I don’t understand this at all. Is this more Kelly pushing Long away? It’s greatly upsetting that one of the largest brands in college football history and a team that’s gone 32-6 won’t go out and get great EXPERIENCED OC talent. Drives me nuts.

Rees, while he may have a bright future, hasn’t completed the task of developing his current QBs and elevating them. So let’s give him keys to the Ferrari and hope he doesn’t crash

Domer123
Domer123

What other candidates do you see available or at other schools you feel with help this offense?

Indy2NC
Indy2NC

Crazy thought, and I apologize if it’s already been mentioned, but what about Tony Alford being the next OC. The run game and recruiting would get a huge boost...

FightinMad35
FightinMad35

Can't wait for more details on this.

Jhigginson
Jhigginson

Coach Long brought a breath of fresh air to Notre Dame. His offenses were always creative and fast. He’s probably headed to Florida State!

BobSacamono
BobSacamono

Rees

twalsh017
twalsh017

Bryan. You mentioned a while ago there was consternation within the program. Was there friction between Long and Kelly? Kind of odd he is parting before having a job lined up. Thank you for all you do.

Tomas8660
Tomas8660

Bryan, should we expect more changes to the staff? Also, if Rees does get the OC job would there be discussion of the next assistant being a TE/OL coach to help Quinn?

Goirish17
Goirish17

Hearing from multiple people close to the program that Book basically went to Kelly and told him he wouldn't return if Chip Long stayed as the OC

Polaris6
Polaris6

Good riddance. Buffalo Chip Long as I refer to him can take his oline coach with him.

TnIrish
TnIrish

As long as it not coach lee. I hope he take Quinn with him

Pman32
Pman32

Hey Bryan,

Seems like things weren't good between staff/players and Long....any truth to that?

brnd
brnd

Perhaps the biggest failure of Swarbrick has been his unwillingness to step in when Kelly wants to hire a friend rather than the best available. BVG and Quinn are 2 extremely painful examples, but there are plenty others like Molnar. Kelly has, perhaps, 2 years left at ND. Perfect time to hire an outstanding OC and line coach and make one more run. Swarbrick cannot allow Kelly to promote Rees.

NDBEAST1088
NDBEAST1088

Coach if Chip does leave, what recruits/commits, if any, would consider not signing with ND this cycle or next?

Chief1
Chief1

Rumour has it he’s gonna take the OC job at penn state

Knights7
Knights7

I think it's time to replace Kelly and the whole staff.

Slobie
Slobie

Bryan, what's your take on Todd Monken as a replacement? Has BK ties as well as ND?

B_Dobbs317
B_Dobbs317

Coach D, huge fan of your work!

What does it mean for an offensive coach like kelly to give the reigns over to an OC?

Also, is Kelly’s preference of familiar faces in coaching roles a result of him wanting control with less scrutiny? A potential Rees hire smells an awful lot like playing the roll of puppet master.

maloy49
maloy49

I look at losing Long similar to benching Wimbush last year. I don't think it's the right way to go about solving a problem. At the same time, I recognize that there is a problem and I'm all for making a change to see if we can fix it.

Obviously it's not the change I would make, but I'm happy to be trying something.

lch2609
lch2609

Really? Tommy Rees as OC? Ask yourself, would Nick Saban hire Rees? Would Dabo Sweeney? Would Urban Meyer? Would Lincoln Riley? Heck, would Bob Davie? The answer is no, no, no, no, and probably not. All that needs to be said. You're the head coach at Notre Dame. You've done a decent job. Don't revert to acting like you're still the coach at Central Michigan. Find the best available coordinator and hire him.


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