Brian Kelly has targeted Ohio State running back coach Tony Alford to join him at LSU, report says

Brian kelly is trying to get his staff together at LSU. That includes trying to get the Ohio State running backs coach out of the way. Tony Alford, according to Pete Sampson of athleticism. However, Alford plans to stay in Columbus, Sampson says. Alford’s plans were also confirmed by the Bucknuts at 247Sports.

“Source: One of LSU head coach Brian Kelly’s first attempts was to track down the Ohio State running back coach. Tony Alford, but the Buckeyes’ assistant plans to stay in Columbus, ”Sampson wrote in a tweet. “Alford was Kelly’s assistant at Notre Dame from 2010 to 2014.”

Alford spent six seasons coaching various positions at Notre Dame before arriving at Ohio State. Before Notre-Dame, it stopped in Louisville, Iowa State, Washington, Kent State and Mount Union. He started out as an assistant coach in high school during his first two years out of the state of Colorado.

Alford has been an associate head coach and running backs coach for Ohio State since 2015.

As for the rest of the staff, Kelly struggles to have Fighting Irish coordinators Marcus Freeman (defensive) and Tommy rees (offensive) follow him to the Tigers, Sampson reported earlier Tuesday. Kelly “reportedly intends to make Freeman the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football,” the report said. This is expected to exceed the $ 2.5million raised this season by Clemson’s defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Freeman was mentioned by insiders as one of Kelly’s many possible replacements with the Irish, who were stunned on Monday when their head coach left for LSU. Notre Dame won a recruiting war with LSU, ironically, to hire Freeman away from Cincinnati after the 2020 season.

Sporting director Jack Swarbrick, however, told reporters on Tuesday that Notre Dame had not made a decision on the interim head coach.

“We haven’t made a decision on an interim yet and frankly I think we can approach it a little differently”, Swarbrick said. “This staff is so well structured and the responsibilities are so well understood, I feel less of the need to have a designated interim. But as the research progresses, if we feel the need to put someone on this position, that would not be a candidate for the position. “

Freeman’s unit this season is ranked No. 30 nationally in total defense and helped pave the way for an 11-1 regular season.

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“First and foremost, it’s about finding the right leader,” Swarbrick said during the ongoing research. “I recognize the external factors if you will, the recruiting timeline and the transfer portals, but none of that is a reason not to make sure we’re running a process that gets the best person to lead this program. So that will be our goal. “

Brad Crawford and Tom Loy of IrishIllustrated contributed to this report.

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