Marcus Freeman of Cincinnati was the hot defensive coordinator this offseason with offers from job offers from Notre Dame and LSU.
Freeman chose Notre Dame, which announced it this afternoon.
This affects USC in two ways: Does Luke Fickell become a less effective coach without Freeman? We will find out next season.
Would Freeman follow Fickell to USC? He supposedly turned down LSU to remain in the Midwest.
Cincinnati was No. 4 in the country in fewest yards per play allowed and No. 3 in pass efficiency defense in 2020.
Of course, it also impacts USC because Notre Dame now has one of the hottest defensive coordinators in the country. A year ago, USC hired a guy who got fired by Texas as its defensive coordinator.