A year ago Notre Dame replaced one former captain with another as a graduate assistant on defense. Now Brian Kelly will be on the lookout again.
According to a source, Maurice Crum will leave Notre Dame after one season as a graduate assistant, where he replaced former teammate Kyle McCarthy in the same capacity last off-season. Crum, a two-time captain who also led he team in tackles as a junior, is likely headed to Indiana State as a fulltime assistant.
At Indiana State he would work under head coach Mike Sanford Sr., the former Notre Dame assistant and father of current offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. The job will be Crum’s first as a position coach following his graduate assistant year at Notre Dame, preceded by three seasons under Charlie Weis at Kansas in different support roles.
Crum also played a part in the recruitment of early enrollee Devin Studstill. Like Crum, the safety was a Florida native.
Crum would be the second Irish graduate assistant to leave for a position in the Missouri Valley Conference this off-season after Ryan Mahaffey departed after two years to become co-offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Northern Iowa.
Crum would also see a familiar face when Indiana State faces Western Illinois this fall in conference play. Former Irish defensive lineman Tyler Stockton, who spent the past two years as a graduate assistant for Bob Diaco at Connecticut, accepted the defensive line coaching position there earlier this month.