Notre Dame’s defensive graduate assistant will change but the post will remain with a former captain.
Irish Illustrated has learned that Kyle McCarthy, who joined the program last off-season as a graduate assistant and spent the bulk of last season beating cancer, has left Notre Dame to pursue a career in the sports agency field. He’ll be replaced on staff by former Irish linebacker and two-time captain Maurice Crum.
Crum is already listed in the school’s online directory with the formal announcement of his hire a matter of human resources. Crum was a four-year starter at Notre Dame after emerging as a three-star prospect out of Tampa Bay Tech. He exited South Bend as the program’s all-time leader in career starts, a mark now owned by Zack Martin.
Crum spent the past three seasons on staff at Kansas under Charlie Weis in three different roles. He joined his former college coach as a graduate assistant, moved to assistant director of football operations and then moved again to director of high school relations last season.
Crum started on two BCS teams at Notre Dame, including a 100-tackle junior season when the Irish made the Sugar Bowl. His best individual game came during Notre Dame’s worst modern season when he accounted for five turnovers in a win at UCLA with two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.