Notre Dame is looking for a new defensive coordinator, and it sounds like Brad White is in the mix.
According to Cats Pause, White is drawing interest from the Fighting Irish to be their next defensive play-caller. This news comes after Irish lost current DC Clark Lea, as he has taken over as head coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
It does not seem though that White is a major candidate, and could just be a situation where Brian Kelly is just kicking the tires on all his options.
Currently, the main name to watch for this position is Marcus Freeman, the DC from Cincinnati. If he decides to go elsewhere or stick it out with the Bearcats, this could be a situation to monitor a little closer.
Even though the amount of traction on the interest may be unclear it’s still a testament to the coach that the Cats have leading their defense. Anytime a coach gets a look from a name-brand program in the sport, it just shows you the potential that is there with Brad White.
The defense has been the strength of the team for the last several years. In 2019, White’s group finished 13th in scoring defense, and 21st overall. This season, they allowed 25.9 points per game while giving up 380.7 yards per game. Their total defense ranked 46th overall.
Along with those impressive numbers and given his NFL experience, it’s not surprising to see Kelly at least inquire about White’s interest in the position.
After the addition of Jemal Singleton, a coach White use to work with, it seems unlikely to see him make the jump.