Todd Lyght

Reports: Todd Lyght to join Notre Dame coaching staff


As soon as word surfaced that Kerry Cooks was leaving Notre Dame for Oklahoma, people began pointing to former Irish All-American Todd Lyght as a possible replacement.  Cooks’ move was confirmed yesterday by SI. And it looks like Lyght’s homecoming is now in motion.

Multiple reports have Lyght leaving Vanderbilt to join Brian Kelly’s coaching staff. He only joined Derek Mason in Nashville last month, after working with Chip Kelly the past two seasons in Philadelphia.

The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner was the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft after being named a two-time consensus All-American at Notre Dame. He’ll likely slide into Cooks spot coaching the secondary, though Kelly has often split up responsibilities, with both a safeties coach and a cornerback coach working with the different positions.

While the hire hasn’t been made official and is likely pending the university’s lengthy background process, Irish 247 reports it’s a “done deal,” and anecdotal evidence like this seems to prove that point.

Kelly was unwilling to talk about any coaching changes yesterday, though it appears the movement isn’t over. After a brief — and bizarre — report linking Brady Hoke to the Irish staff, Matt LaFleur’s name also became connected with a job on the Atlanta Falcons’ staff, where his brother was just hired as an offensive assistant and he’d be reunited with Kyle Shanahan.

Lyght is relatively new to coaching, working first at Bishop Gorman High School before connecting with Chip Kelly in the NFL. Known as a cerebral player, Lyght brings an excellent pedigree to the staff, and likely came with sterling references.

Before the hire, Brian Kelly likely leaned on Lyght’s former college coach, Lou Holtz. He also probably called his first employer, former Bishop Gorman and now UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez. He could’ve also checked in with Chip Kelly, a colleague who has visited South Bend for coaching camps and remains close with Kelly.

Digging into the archives, here’s a highlight reel of Lyght’s work back with the Irish, compiled a few years back by Blue & Gold Illustrated.




Faxes in: Equanimeous St. Brown

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Anaheim, CA

Measurables: 6’5″, 205 lbs.

Accolades: Under Armour All-American, consensus 4-star recruit, No. 63 on ESPN Top 300, No. 160 on 247 Composite

Other Impressive Offers: USC, UCLA, Stanford, LSU, Utah

Projected Position: Wide Receiver


Quick Take: Notre Dame adds another wide receiver who was long at the top of their recruiting board, adding speed and length to a group that can always use more. One of the West Coast’s top prospects, St. Brown battled through an up-and-down, injury plagued season, but should immediately bring a unique skill set with him to South Bend.

Notre Dame felt confident enough in St. Brown’s commitment to delay a visit from Miami-bound Lawrence Cager, another elite receiving recruit. That confidence was rewarded by St. Brown’s decision — and could be compounded as the Irish offered younger brother Osiris, a talented 2017 recruit.


What he means to the Irish: Any chance to win a recruiting battle in Orange County, California is a good one. And pulling St. Brown out of Servite is a big win, especially considering his options of hometown favorites USC and UCLA.

St. Brown almost immediately becomes the most interesting man in the recruiting class. The son of body builders, St. Brown speaks German to his mother at home — her native tongue — and mixed in French to his commitment press conference. His siblings also are named after Greek gods.

He’s still a bit of a lanky football player, giving the Irish the option of patience as he develops. With a stacked depth chart in 2015, St. Brown’s brightest days might be a few years from now.


Obligatory YouTube clip: Here’s St. Brown’s official Signing Day video:


Mailbag: Signing Day edition

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Before we rip through 20+ posts in the next 24 hours, let’s open the mailbag for the special Signing Day edition.

Questions are welcome between now and Brian Kelly’s 3:15 p.m. press conference tomorrow. (If you’re asking me to guess on a 50-50 recruit, I’ll be 100 percent correct, as he’ll have already sent a fax somewhere by the time I answer these.)

Ask away both here or on Twitter @KeithArnold. Answers to come tomorrow afternoon… if I’m still alive.