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Reports: Alford staying on staff under Kelly

As Corwin Brown alluded to this morning, at least one assistant coach is likely to be retained by new head coach Brian Kelly.

This from Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune:

A source close to the football program said running backs coach Tony Alford has been retained off former head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.

He’s already out recruiting today,” the source said.

Alford, 41, is an Akron, Ohio, native who came to Notre Dame in January following a two-year stint at Louisville. In just that one year, he became one of Notre Dame’s strongest recruiters.

He is credited with landing elite defensive tackle prospect Louis Nix of Jacksonville, Fla., when the Irish were between head coaches.

Alford’s recruiting territory during the Weis regime was primarily Dallas/Fort Worth, north Florida, Colorado, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

From day one, Alford staying on staff was almost presumed.

From various rumors and reports, the fate of coaches Brian Polian and graduate assistant Bryant Young are still being decided, with the rest of the assistant coaches most likely being let go.