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Mike Denbrock Leaving LSU for Notre Dame

Some early coal in your Christmas stocking

NCAA Football: Army at Louisiana State Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

I have good news and bad news, Tiger fans: the good news is Brian Kelly IS in fact replacing one of his coordinators. The bad news is it’s not the one you’re hoping for.

The Athletic’s Pete Sampson reported that LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock is leaving Baton Rouge for the same position at Notre Dame. This will actually be the third time Denbrock has worked at Notre Dame. Maybe the man just loves South Bend, Indiana?

If you’re asking yourself “wait didn’t Denbrock get an extension with LSU?” you’re right. LSU offered Denbrock an extension earlier in the month after Texas A&M tried to poach him. 104.5’s Matt Moscona explained the confusion yesterday on Twitter. Denbrock had agreed to a three-year contract extension with LSU on December 6, but the deal was not approved by LSU’s Board of Supervisors’ December 8th meeting. Denbrock also, crucially, did not sign the extension.

Denbrock has spent the past two seasons in Baton Rouge and was a Broyles Award finalist this season. He helped LSU become the best offense in the country and guided Jayden Daniels to the Heisman.

LSU quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan and wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton will reportedly take over the play calling duties for LSU’s bowl game against Wisconsin. Promoting Sloan to offensive coordinator seems like the obvious move, and I don’t think Brian Kelly needs me to tell him this but I’d strongly recommend doing everything in his power to keep Sloan, Hankton, and offensive line coach Brad Davis on staff.