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Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly Officially Taking Over at LSU in Shocking Move

Kelly compiled a 92–39 record in 11 seasons at Notre Dame

head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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An absolutely wild few days in the college football world continued on Tuesday, as Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly left the school and take over as the head coach at LSU.

LSU announced the news Tuesday morning following reports Monday night.

Kelly, who has coached the Fighting Irish since the 2010 season, led the team to an 11-1 record during the regular season. The Irish could still potentially sneak into the College Football Playoff pending the results of Saturday's conference title games.

He passed legendary coach Knute Rockne as the all-time winningest coach in Notre Dame history, compiling a 92-39 record in 12 seasons with the Irish.

Previously, Kelly had coached at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before joining Notre Dame.

The Tigers had announced earlier this season that they would part ways with Ed Orgeron, who won the national championship at the school during the 2019 season.

The shocking move is just the latest domino to fall in what has been a wild few days in the college football world. On Sunday, it was revealed that Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley would be leaving the school to take over as the head coach at the University of Southern California, leaving the Sooners scrambling for a new leader as they prepare to move to the SEC.

What is unclear now is what will happen at Notre Dame as they look to replace Kelly. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has been named as a contender to coach the Irish on multiple occasions over the years.

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell, who has led his undefeated Bearcats squad to the brink of qualifying for the College Football Playoff, could also be in the mix, as could Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell, who was also linked to the USC job before Riley took over the program.

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