Despite losing his offensive coordinator for Notre Dame's to-be-determined bowl game, coach Brian Kelly is confident his team won't be adversely affected by Chuck Martin's move to accept the head coaching position at Miami (Ohio).
"As it relates to our program, we're in pretty good shape," Kelly told Comcast SportsNet in an interview as part of his promotion for the Vizio BCS National Championship Fan Throwdown contest. "I'm involved with the offense, I coach the quarterbacks. Mike Denbrock, who's been with me now for 15 years, he'll take the offensive coordinator role through the bowl game, I'll coach the quarterbacks and then we'll make a decision where we go from there."
Denbrock has coached Notre Dame's outside wide receivers and served as the team's passing coordinator since 2012, and prior to that coached Notre Dame's tight ends in 2011 and 2012. He also served as Kelly's offensive coordinator at Division-II Grand Valley State from 1992-1995.
Martin served as Kelly's offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013, and coached Notre Dame's safeties in 2010 and 2011. He was Kelly's predecessor at Grand Valley State, coaching there from 2004-2009 before moving on to South Bend.
Kelly fully endorsed Martin's move, given that it's a shift to a head coaching gig.
"One of the things at Notre Dame is I want my coordinators to have an opportunity for leadership positions," Kelly said. "I do not endorse lateral moves for my coordinators, but if they have a chance to lead a program I'm excited for them. Miami of Ohio is the cradle of coaches -- Bo Shembechler, Woody Hayes, some of the great coaches have gone through there. It's a great opportunity for Chuck Martin."
Martin will be announced as the next coach of Miami (Ohio) Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (CST). In a statement released by the school, athletic director David Saylor said:
“When I laid out the criteria that Miami was looking for in its next head football coach, it aligns perfectly with Chuck Martin. Coach Martin comes on board with a plan that will succeed here at Miami, while embracing the academic mission of this university at the same time. We are excited to welcome him and his family to Oxford."