Haywood Accepts Notre Dame OC Job

Michael Haywood is still celebrating UT's last-play, 38-37 win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl with his friends, family, players and fellow UT coaches. The Longhorns' running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, though, took the time to give Inside Texas a few comments about accepting the Notre Dame job, a move he will officially announce in the next few minutes.

"Really, the best reason why I'm taking the Notre Dame job is because of the opportunity to become an offensive coordinator at my alma mater, not to mention the opportunity to work with Charlie Weis and learn a new offense under him," said Texas RB coach/recruiting coordinator Michael Haywood regarding his decision to leave The University of Texas. "It's just a great opportunity for me and my family."

Asked if UT countered the offer the Fightin' Irish gave him, Haywood said, "Yes, they did. But the great thing about Mack Brown, and there's not a better coach in college football to work for, or a better college coach in the country period, is that he sat down with me to discuss the opportunities Notre Dame offered me. He said I had a chance to become an offensive coordinator, learn another offensive system under Charlie Weis, and that that would help in my career goals of becoming a head coach. At the same time, he said that they wanted to do everything they could to keep me, and did not want me to leave. But Mack Brown is one of the greatest college coaches because he also understood the opportunity I have with Notre Dame."

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