Marcus Freeman takes defensive coordinator job at Notre Dame over LSU

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Marcus Freeman

LSU wanted Cincinnati defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to be take the same role in Baton Rouge in 2021.

Notre Dame had the same desire, and the Fighting Irish won out.

Freeman, who interviewed with the Tigers on Thursday, was announced as the new defensive coordinator in South Bend.

“As we looked into finding someone to run our defense, it was important to find the right fit for our program and Marcus and his family are just that,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in a release Friday. “He has had great success on the field, both running a defense and in his direct work with his linebackers. Additionally, he is considered among the elite recruiters in the coaching ranks.

LSU parted ways with defensive coordinator Bo Pelini last month after just one season under head coach Ed Orgeron.

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