Brian Polian is officially a Notre Dame assistant again.
The Fighting Irish announced Tuesday that Polian, the former head coach at Nevada who worked as a Notre Dame assistant from 2005 to 2009, is joining Brian Kelly's staff as the team's new special teams coordinator.
"I’m thrilled about the opportunity to return to Notre Dame," Polian said in the announcement. "This is a very special university and football program. I want to thank coach Kelly and (athletics director) Jack Swarbrick for the opportunity to rejoin the Fighting Irish family. Laura (wife) and I are looking forward to coming back to this wonderful community. I’m excited to go to work, get to know the terrific student-athletes and prepare for a great 2017 season."
"Brian not only brings a successful history of coaching special teams, but he’s also considered one of the nation’s top recruiters," Kelly said in the announcement. "He simply understands Notre Dame, what it’s about and the type of student-athlete that we need to succeed at the highest level. I’m extremely excited to have Brian join this program, and our players will benefit from his mentorship, passion, energy and enthusiasm — both on and off the field.”
Polian previously served as Notre Dame's special teams coordinator during his five-year tenure as an assistant working under former Irish head coach Charlie Weis.
When Kelly arrived for the 2010 season, Polian left for an assistant-coaching job at Stanford, and he spent one year as an assistant at Texas A&M before his four years as the head coach at Nevada, during which the Wolf Pack amassed a 23-27 record.
The Navy-Notre Dame football game that was set to be played in Ireland has been relocated to the United States, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Notre Dame announced on Tuesday that the game which was originally going to take place in Dublin on Aug. 29 will “likely” be played over Labor Day weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.
The teams plan on playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which will be a first in the 94-year rivalry history. Every previous matchup hosted by Navy has been played at a neutral site.
“We are obviously disappointed not to be traveling to Ireland this August,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “But, as expected, our priority must be ensuring the health and safety of all involved.
“I am expecting that we will still be able to play Notre Dame as our season opener, but there is still much to be determined by health officials and those that govern college football at large.”
Jack Swarbrick, Vice President of Notre Dame, and James E. Rorh, Director of Athletics at Notre made a joint statement as well.
“Our student-athletes have had great experiences competing in Ireland and are very disappointed not to be returning to Dublin in 2020,” they said. “The change of venue has been a very difficult decision for our colleagues at the Naval Academy, but we are in full support of their choice. We are also grateful for everything our partners in Ireland have done to make this a smooth transition. We look forward to going back to Ireland for a game in the not too distant future.”
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Notre Dame University announced on Monday that it will welcome students back on campus on August 10. That’s two weeks earlier than the fall semester was initially scheduled to begin. In addition, Notre Dame will forgo a fall break in October, and will instead end the semester before Thanksgiving.
In the announcement Notre Dame said they consulted with experts for months to develop their plan to welcome students back onto campus.
The plan to return includes comprehensive COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff. It also includes contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces.
“By far the most complex challenge before us is the return of our students to campus for the resumption of classes in the fall semester,” Notre Dame’s president Rev. John I. Jenkins wrote in a letter to students. “Bringing our students back is in effect assembling a small city of people from many parts of the nation and the world, who may bring with them pathogens to which they have been exposed. We recognize the challenge, but we believe it is one we can meet.”
Father Jenkins also wrote that the university is currently developing a plan to reopen research labs, studios and libraries in coming weeks.
In case of an outbreak, or if the university is unable to provide adequate testing, Notre Dame faculty have been asked to prepare both in-person and remote curricula for their classes. The remote curricula would also help any student keep up with classwork if they need to be quarantined.
The university is also developing criteria to determine whether or not to offer study abroad programs in the fall. That decision will be announced in June.
Notre Dame sent home all students in mid-March to complete their spring semesters remotely. They also canceled all summer classes, except for a small number of students who needed to complete summer work to prepare for the fall semester.