The University of Notre Dame has reportedly decided on its next head coach.
Freeman, 35, joined the Fighting Irish's coaching staff in 2021 after working as Cincinnati's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2017-2020, following previous stints as a defensive assistant at Purdue (2013-16) and Kent State (2011-12).
Freeman led a Notre Dame defense that held its final four opponents to a combined 23 points and is a major part of the Fighting Irish's recruiting class currently ranking in the top-five.
Notre Dame will also retain offensive coordinator Tommy Rees, who Kelly reportedly attempted to court to follow him to LSU.
Rees, who played quarterback for the Fighting Irish from 2010-13, notified the current roster about his decision to stay with the program Wednesday (December 1) night, as shown in a video shared by Notre Dame Football's verified Twitter account.
"I just wanted to tell you guys that in person," Rees told the team. "I love you guys. I love this place. I believe we can win a national championship here."
Notre Dame is currently 11-1 and ranked No. 6 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, with all of the top-5 teams scheduled to compete in conference title games this weekend.