Notre Dame Makes Some Big Coaching Changes

Coach Brian Kelly has added Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, Notre Dame career rushing leader Autry Denson, and former Irish defensive back Todd Lyght to his staff.

Kelly also announced Monday he has hired North Carolina defensive line coach Keith Gilmore and named former Irish quarterback Ron Powlus as director of player development.

Sanford is the first coordinator Kelly has hired since arriving on campus in 2010 that he hadn't worked with previously. Sanford spent the past season as offensive coordinator at Boise State, his alma mater. He spent the previous three years as a Stanford assistant, coaching running backs coach in 2011 and 2012 and quarterbacks and wide receivers in 2013.

Kelly said he wanted to bring in a coordinator who would bring in new ideas.