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Notre Dame will open camp without OC Mike Denbrock

Aug 3, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT


When Notre Dame opens fall camp on Monday, they will do so without offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock.

Head coach Brian Kelly released a statement on Sunday announcing that a medical procedure will keep Denbrock away from the team for a few weeks, forcing the Irish to start their work at Culver Academy without the head of the offense.

“Coach Denbrock had a recent surgical procedure that will force him to miss the first few weeks of preseason camp,” Kelly said in the statement. “Mike is doing extremely well and everyone associated with the program looks forward to his return.”

Kelly will fill in and coordinate the offense in Denbrock’s absence, a fairly logical transition for a head coach who will call the offensive plays on Saturdays for the Irish.

Denbrock is in his first year as offensive coordinator after serving in a variety of capacities the past four seasons. He returned to Notre Dame to reunite with Kelly, who he served as both an offensive and defensive coordinator for at Grand Valley State.

It doesn’t sound like the layoff will be significant, and Denbrock should be able to join the Irish before the open of the season.

“I had surgery last week,” Denbrock said in the same statement. “I’m resting and feeling better every day, but I won’t be able to join the team for the beginning of preseason camp. Safe to say, I’m already chomping at the bit to get back with the guys.”

  1. notthatconfused - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    If he was an SEC coach, he would have been back at work the same day as the procedure. Just sayin. -johngaltisfreaking

    • bernhtp - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      An SEC coach would do the surgery himself with a fishing knife with only moonshine as anesthetic, and would sew it up with fishing line. Of course, infection typically sets in and survival rates are low, but there are others in the waiting in their JUCO network.

    • dickasman - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      If he was SEX coach he’d have a reverse circumcision so he can brag to recruits about the trends. All jokes aside, good luck on the hysterectomy surgery coach!

  2. 25kgold - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    No problem. Next coach in! Wait,….

    • dickasman - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      The injury bug has bitten the coaching staff as well. He must’ve been working out w Longo.

  3. fnc111 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    An $EC coach wouldn’t need surgery. They are all gods.

  4. getsome99 - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Fortunately for the Irish, the real OC, Brian Kelly, doesn’t expect to miss any time during training camp.

    • sjb198 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      More importantly, our special teams coach, Scott Booker, doesn’t expect to miss any time during training camp either. *

  5. yaketyyacc - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Denbrock, offensive coordinator, when did that happen? you mean there was actually a chance forNotreame to have a complex, vibrant and explosive offense’; instead of the Kelly, same ole, same ole. ah, for one brief shining moment there could have been Camelot….

  6. fnc111 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Some don’t get sarcasm.

  7. idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Is it now pronounced DenBROKE?

  8. irishdog80 - Aug 4, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Speedy and healthy recovery to Denbrock. I am glad we have Matt LaFleur on board to continue the development of the QBs.

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