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Notre Dame's Bob Diaco a hot topic on coaching carousel

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The coaching carousel came and went on Tuesday, and as of now, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is still a member of the Irish coaching staff.

After an ESPN report stated that Diaco -- the architect of the nation's top scoring defense -- was one of three finalists for the Boston College head coaching job, along with Ball State coach Pete Lembo and New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, Boston College announced a few hours later that it had in fact hired Temple coach Steve Addazio.

In the biggest coaching move of the day, Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, about to take the Badgers to their third straight Rose Bowl, was lured away by Arkansas.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was asked about the Boston College speculation on Sunday night.

"It doesn't surprise me if they wanted to talk to Bob Diaco," Kelly said. "I think he's the finest defensive coordinator in the country. Bob is a bright football coach. We have conversations about it. All I could tell you is that it doesn't surprise me that he's part of it. I won't get into the specifics about conversations about particular schools out of respect for them and their process. But it wouldn't be a surprise to me if they went after Bob Diaco.

"I'm not a guy that's going to run down to his office and give him the top 10 list of questions you're going to get asked on an interview. But if he asks me for some input, I've been happy to help him with that. I will tell youi this, Bob Diaco is an incredible coach and he knows he fits so well here at Notre Dame. That's why we haven't had a ton of conversation about it."

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I don't think money is a problem at Notre Dame, however if a coach wants to leave he should, if it is for a truly better job, which some of these jobs are. If Bob Diaco wants to be a head coach, he has the right to, now at the same time that doesn't mean Notre dame should pack up his office for him and send him out the door. They should try to keep him, but I don't know about changing everything for him.

Hey Joe: Sometimes it's not about money. There are many assistant coaches out there that want to run their own program and it appears that Bob Diaco feels he's ready to do exactly that, and with the work he's turned in at Notre Dame, who could possibly say he's not worthy.

If being a head coach is what he wants I'm sure he'll get his opportunity in the not too distant future. I just hope nothing happens until after January 7. GO IRISH!

KELLY
YOU HAVE TO KEEP BOB DIACO..............AS A MATTER OF FACT DON'T LET ANY OF THEM GO. CUT YOUR OWN SALARY IF YOU HAVE TO. I'LL TALK TO JENKINS IF YOU WANT ME TO INTERCEDE. IT'S CRUNCH TIME KELLY
FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS...................DON'T GET DISTRACTED
GO IRISH

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