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Brian Polian to Leave Notre Dame to Join Brian Kelly at LSU

Longtime special teams coordinator Brian Polian will head south to the SEC to rejoin the former Irish head coach with the Tigers.
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Brian Polian, Notre Dame's special teams coordinator, is heading south to join former Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly at LSU, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic.

Polian joined Kelly's coaching staff at Notre Dame in 2017 after four seasons as Nevada's head coach. It was his second stint in South Bend, previously serving in the same role and defensive positions coach (secondary and linebackers) from 2005-09 under Charlie Weis.

Polian left the Irish the first time for the same role at Stanford for two years. He then moved to Texas A&M, where he was in charge of special teams/tight ends for the 2012 season.

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Polian, the son of former NFL executive Bill Polian, is the first coordinator to follow Kelly to LSU. Notre Dame elevated defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach, and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees announced he will return. Defensive line coach Mike Elston, expected to take over as defensive coordinator, also said he will stay in South Bend.