UC defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman leaving for Notre Dame

Freeman spent four seasons as Bearcats’ defensive coordinator

UC defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman leaving for Notre Dame
Marcus Freeman hugs Luke Fickell after UC wins the Military Bowl (Source: FOX19 - Joe Danneman)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Considered one of college football’s most sought-after assistant coaches in the country, UC defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman is leaving the Bearcats for the same position at Notre Dame.

Marcus Freeman coaching during UC's win against South Florida
Marcus Freeman coaching during UC's win against South Florida (Source: FOX19 - Joe Danneman)

Freeman, who came to Cincinnati with Luke Fickell in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2020 Broyles Award, interviewed for the defensive coordinator positions at Notre Dame and LSU before ultimately deciding to join former UC head coach Brian Kelly in South Bend.

“The work Marcus has done elevating the programs he has been a part of speaks for itself, but equally as important is the exceptional work he has done in building relationships with his staff and players,” said Brian Kelly in a statement released by the Notre Dame football team. “Marcus was our top choice to become our next defensive coordinator, and we are pleased he and his family will be joining us at Notre Dame.”

UC’s defense ranked in the top 20 nationally in several categories for 2020-21, including being ranked 13th in total defense (324.6 yards per game) and eighth in scoring defense (16.8 points per game).

UC and Notre Dame are scheduled to play Saturday Oct. 2 in South Bend.

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