Irish preparing for Florida State one coach short

Splitting time between his new duties as head coach at UMass and helping guide the Irish as offensive coordinator for the Champs Sports Bowl just wasn't working out for Charley Molnar.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly said Monday that his assistant of six seasons will now focus completely on his duties at UMass and will not be a part of Notre Dame's preparations for the December 29th bowl game against Florida State.

That means the Irish are going one offensive coach shy while preparing for one of the top defensive units in the country. Kelly says the offensive coaches are sharing the load.

Kelly has picked up the duties coaching the quarterbacks on a day-to-day basis. Ed Warinner, the team's offensive line coach and run game coordinator, will handle some coordinating duties having previously served as an offensive coordinator at Army and Kansas.

Running back coach Tim Hinton, wide receivers coach Tony Alford and tight ends coach Mike Denbrock are also picking up additional duties.

Kelly says the team will have a new offensive coach in place by January 4th to assist with recruiting. He says he will consider promoting from within to fill the offensive coordinator position.


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