Brian Kelly didn’t want to talk about coaching staff moves on National Signing Day.
Less than 24 hours later, it appears he’s ready to make one. After Kerry Cooks formally announced his move to Oklahoma on Thursday morning via social media, reports surfaced that Notre Dame would add former All-American Todd Lyght to the staff.
A source told Irish Illustrated on Thursday that Kelly and Lyght had connected and that the Notre Dame head coach planned to bring the former Top 5 pick back to the program.
The University’s formal hiring process could time as evidenced by the addition of Brian VanGorder as defensive coordinator last off-season. News broke of the VanGorder hire shortly after the Pinstripe Bowl, but he wasn’t announced by the University for another two weeks.
Lyght joined the staff at Vanderbilt last month, his first full coaching position at the collegiate level. He’d worked the previous two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as an assistant defensive backs coach. His coaching resume before that was brief, including an internship at Oregon and a stop at Bishop Gorman, the Las Vegas powerhouse that produced Ronnie Stanley, Nicco Fertitta and Alize Jones.
The 45-year old Lyght was a starter on Notre Dame’s last national title team and a consensus All-American in 1989-90. He went fifth overall to the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams in the following spring’s draft. He spent 10 seasons with the organization, won a Super Bowl there and finished his career with the Detroit Lions.
Lyght is a graduate of Powers Catholic in Flint, Mich.