Notre Dame hires Memphis offensive coordinator Chip Long to same role

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have picked their man to lead the offense into the future.

University of Memphis offensive coordinator Chip Long has been hired to the same role at the University of Notre Dame, according to a pres release.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as the offensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame,” said Long. “The challenge to lead at a University with such high standards is incredibly motivating. I’m very grateful to Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick for extending this opportunity.

“It’s Notre Dame: the values, the culture, and the leadership. My wife, Kari, and I are excited to move to South Bend and to join the Notre Dame family.”

So how much of a leash will Head Coach Brian Kelly give him?

“Chip will be given the full responsibility to call plays in 2017,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. “His offense at Memphis displayed a unique blend of physicality, athleticism, versatility and explosiveness. Chip’s play-calling created mismatches all over the field and did it in a number of different ways. He likes to use players who can fill numerous roles in an array of formations, whether that be two and three tight ends or multiple running backs.

“Chip has experience coaching at almost every position on the offensive side of the ball. He’s worked for and learned from some of the most respected offensive minds in college football — Bobby Petrino, Mike Norvell and Jeff Brohm — to name a few.”

Long spent one year at the University of Memphis, leading them to the 16th ranked offense in the country last season. He was considered one of the best recruiters in football during his time at Arizona State.

He’s getting a three-year deal to coach Notre Dame’s offense, according to FoxSports.