SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Chuck Martin's vociferous screams and well-timed wisecracks weren't part of Notre Dame's first bowl practice held earlier this week. After spending four years on Brian Kelly's staff at Notre Dame, the last two as the team's offensive coordinator, Martin accepted the head coaching position at Miami (Ohio) last week.
"There's still a good amount of yelling, but it's a little bit quieter," wide receiver T.J. Jones said, "whether it was his yelling or his smart comments he had now and again."
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Quarterback Tommy Rees said the transition to interim offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock went smooth, and he echoed comments made by all of his teammates present at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex on Sunday.
"He was great to me, great coach," Rees said. ". He and I had a conversation, really happy for him and his family, I think he'll do a great job."
Without the chance Kelly gave him, Martin may not have had the opportunity to become a head coach at the FBS level.
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Martin worked his way up to his first Division I coaching gig in 1998 at Eastern Michigan, though was fired from his post as the team's linebackers coach after the 1999 season. A brief meeting with Kelly resulted in a job as Grand Valley State's defensive coordinator, which turned into his first head coaching job after Kelly left for Central Michigan after the 2003 season.
Kelly then hired Martin as a defensive backs coach in 2010, and he climbed the ladder from there to Miami.
"It didn't take me very long to know that he was a very good fit for me and what I was looking for," Kelly said. "He'll do a great job at Miami. I think they made a great hire."