Notre Dame Associate Head Coach could potentially leave
According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, current Wide Receivers Coach and Associate Head Coach, Mike Denbrock is leaving for Cincinnati’s Offensive Coordinator position.
Thamel tweeted the report Tuesday night.
SOURCE: Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock expected to be the next offensive coordinator at Cincinnati.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) December 28, 2016
Denbrock has served 30 years in different coaching positions including the last 6 years at Notre Dame. He was the Tight Ends Coach in 2010, Outside Wide Receivers Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Coach, Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach, and in 2015 Denbrock was the Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach for the Fighting Irish.
If Denbrock leaves, Head Coach Brian Kelly will be replacing all three coordinators and a key asset in Denbrock who has been calling plays. In what will be a pressure packed year for Kelly, and will likely involve him calling the plays.
Brian Kelly preached after the Irish's loss to USC that he would need to evaluate the blend of continuity and change but if Denbrock leaves, this offseason will reflect a lot more change than continuity.
UPDATE: Source says that Denbrock leaving for Cincinnati is premature, and that nothing is close to final yet.