Notre Dame loses key assistant to rival

Some things are too good to be true. The fact Marcus Freeman was able to retain Mike Elston as his defensive line coach after Brian Kelly’s departure came as a bit of a surprise due to the amount of time they spent together but Elston will now indeed be leaving Notre Dame, but it won’t be to coach the defensive line at LSU.

Elston is leaving Notre Dame to coach the defensive line at Michigan.

Elston had been at Notre Dame since 2010 when he came with Brian Kelly from Cincinnati. In that time he’s helped turned Notre Dame’s defensive line into one of the best in the nation on a seemingly annual basis and has helped recruit the unit extremely well while also doing a fantastic job developing star talent.

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Elston heads to his alma mater where he played linebacker in the mid-nineties.

It’s not to say that Marcus Freeman can’t find a stellar replacement at the position but this loss certainly stings as Elston is fantastic in his role.


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