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Brian Kelly says he'll call plays for Notre Dame in 2014

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Brian Kelly and Everett Golson will look to recapture what went right in 2012 in 2014. (USATSI)
Brian Kelly and Everett Golson will look to recapture what went right in 2012 in 2014. (USATSI)
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With Chuck Martin busy preparing his first recruiting class as head coach at Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame doesn't yet have its offensive coordinator position filled for 2014.

But Brian Kelly says Irish fans don't have to worry about who's going to be calling the plays for the Irish next season -- because that person will be Kelly himself.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Kelly told Sirius XM radio host Bill King that Martin's replacement will focus on coaching quarterbacks (specifically the team's current and incoming freshmen) while Kelly retakes the play-calling reins. That hiring decision has been made, Kelly said, and should be announced by the end of next week.

ESPN reported Tuesday that outside receivers coach and current interim offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock will have the "interim" tag removed and adopt the title of coordinator.

Kelly said that with quarterback Everett Golson returning to the team after his 2013 academic suspension, the Irish have the "most balanced" collection of skill players he has enjoyed in South Bend -- and that the time is right for him to become more hands-on with the Irish attack.

Kelly has no shortage of experience or success calling plays, handling that role at various times both with Notre Dame and in his previous stops at Cincinnati and Central Michigan.

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