Marcus Freeman named next head football coach at Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It's official: Marcus Freeman has been named the next head football coach at the University of Notre Dame

The university announced Friday that Freeman will officially be introduced as the new Irish head coach on Monday at a 2 p.m. press conference.

Freeman will coach the Irish during the postseason.

The university announced that Freeman will be the program's 30th head coach.

According to Notre Dame Football, at 35-years-old, Freeman is the third-youngest active head coach in the FBS and he is younger than any current Power-5 head coach.

“It is an honor to be named the head coach of Notre Dame Football,” said Freeman said in a press release. “I am eternally grateful to both Father John Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick for giving me the opportunity to lead the exceptional men who make this program what it is. Notre Dame is a very special place and I look forward to pursuing a national championship with the most outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff in college football.”

Current and even former Notre Dame Football players have been vocal on social media throughout the last week following the news that Brian Kelly was leaving his post as Notre Dame Football's head coach for a job at LSU. 

Many players voiced their support for Freeman's promotion, with several calling him "Coach Freeman," before any official announcement was made.

Before coming to the Irish as the team's defensive coordinator, Freeman spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati and the four years before that at Purdue.

Freeman began his coaching career at his alma mater in 2010 before heading to Kent State from 2011-2012.

Freeman played college football for the Buckeyes from 2004 to 2008. He went on to become a fifth-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears.

According to the university, Freeman is just the third Notre Dame head coach to have been selected in the NFL draft. 

Freeman spent time with the Bears, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans before a medical condition cut his playing career short.

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