Lombard Is Ready To Get to Work

Christian Lombard was confident that Notre Dame would hire a quality head football coach and he wasn't disappointed. The offensive lineman from Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) knows Brian Kelly has experienced success at every stop throughout his career and Lombard is certain it will follow him to South Bend.

Christian Lombard (6-foot-5, 280-pounds) was committed to Notre Dame, regardless of who became the next head coach, but he certainly wasn't disappointed to hear Brian Kelly's name announced last Friday afternoon.

"I really didn't have any idea who they'd name (head coach)," Lombard said. "But coach Kelly is one of the coaches that I wanted to come and coach. I liked him. I like the way he turns around programs; Cincinnati, Central Michigan, and at Grand Valley State. He puts everything aside and he coaches. He's good at it and he takes care of business. I checked out his records, and he looks like a great coach.

"He sounds like a good guy based on his interviews and the press conference. I'm just looking forward to talking to him. I've talked with Dave Peloquin a couple times and he just told me that coach Kelly would be in touch with me and that he's really busy right now."

While many Notre Dame fans were concerned that Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick was taking too much time in selecting a head coach, Lombard was never concerned about a timeline.

"I didn't have any time expectations about timing, because I didn't want them to make a decision on emotion." Lombard explained. "They could have taken all the time they wanted. If it's the right guy, it's worth it."

Although Brian Kelly's offense at Cincinnati was known more for its skill position players, Lombard has noticed a measure of success from his offensive line.

"I heard the stat that they only allowed a small number of sacks this year," Lombard said of Cincinnati's line. "I know they had a real good offensive line, so obviously they have a good coach at that position also know that my high school offered their offense e line coach a job when he was at Grand Valley State."

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