According to a Buckeye Scoop report, former Ohio State linebacker James laurinaitis is expected to join Notre Dame’s support staff, where he will reunite with the head coach and former teammate Marcus Freeman.
Laurinaitis recorded 375 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and nine interceptions during his four-year career with the Buckeyes from 2005 to 2008. He was three-time All-American, two-time Big Ten Defensive Player. of the Year, recipient of the Lott Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Butkus Award.
Together, Laurinaitis and Freeman led the Buckeyes to four straight Big Ten titles and two national championship appearances. They were both selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but the former has enjoyed the most remarkable professional career.
Laurinaitis played seven seasons for the St. Louis Rams, ending his tenure as the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles with 854. He then played one season with the New Orleans Saints before announcing his retirement in 2017.
Over the next several years, Laurinaitis was a college football analyst for the Big Ten Network and a radio show host in Columbus. This will be his first experience in a coaching role, meaning he will likely be an analyst or graduate assistant for the Fighting Irish – the latter under the eligibility rules.
Notre Dame opens the 2022 season with a trip to Ohio state on September 3, making it a homecoming for Laurinaitis and Freeman in their first games in their new roles.
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