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Martin leaving ND for Miami in MAC

Irish offensive coordinator has been part of staff since 2010.

Posted on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — After coming to Notre Dame as part of Brian Kelly’s new staff four years ago, offensive coordinator Chuck Martin is branching off to become the head coach at Miami (Ohio) University.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Miami University representatives flew to South Bend on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to offer Martin the vacancy. Martin then boarded Miami University’s plane bound for Oxford, Ohio.

“Just a great opportunity from a head coaching standpoint,” Martin told IrishIllustrated.com before boarding the plane. “Great school, cradle of coaches, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, there’s a lot that goes along with it. It’s similar to this place in a lot of ways.”

Martin came to Notre Dame with Kelly in 2010 after leading Division II Grand Valley State to national championships in 2005 and 2007 and a 74-7 record in six seasons. Martin first coached under Kelly at Grand Valley State. When Kelly moved to Cincinnati, Martin was bumped up to head coach.

Martin initially coached defensive backs at Notre Dame before switching to offensive coordinator prior to the 2012 season.

Martin told Irish Illustrated that he wasn’t sure if he’d be part of Notre Dame’s bowl game. The 8-4 Irish are still in the process of sifting through bowl game options.

“We haven’t got that far,” he said. “We’re still sorting through that stuff.”

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