The former Irish All-American and first-round pick announced his departure from the Irish program on Thursday night via Twitter, stepping down from his post as defensive analyst. Irish Illustrated has learned Burris is expected to join the staff at Northern Iowa in a fulltime capacity.
Burris was popular among the Irish roster, evidenced in part by that photo taken inside the Gug. Even though head coach Brian Kelly wasn’t in orbit with his defensive analyst daily, he saw enough of Burris to recognize him as a positive part of the program.
“Having him around every day is providing a mentor-like environment for a number of our players,” Kelly said in mid-September. “Just having Jeff in the building on a day-to-day basis is a bonus for us, that he can sit down and have dinner with them and talk about experiences. Those are invaluable.”
It’s not clear who Kelly will target to round out the analyst team that still includes Jeff Quinn and Pryce Tracy. Special teams analyst Marty Biagi departed for North Texas earlier this off-season.
Based on Kelly’s hiring track record, experience within the Notre Dame program appears to be a priority. In addition to current fullime assistants Autry Denson, Tommy Rees and Todd Lyght, Kelly has also employed David Grimes, Pat Eilers, Maurice Crum Jr. and Kyle McCarthy.