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Maryland head coach Locksley via ESPN: Marcus Freeman is a ‘Unicorn’

Fighting Irish Wire logo Fighting Irish Wire 7/13/2022 Michael Chen
Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman stands with his players during the alma mater following the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP) © File photo Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman stands with his players during the alma mater following the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring NCAA college football game on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

When Marcus Freeman was named Brian Kelly’s successor, few of us were surprised. In fact, it was the logical choice to elevate the fast-rising coaching star.

Not only did Notre Dame hire one of the best coaches in the country, it did what many schools have not done, make a minority the face of its program. It is obviously not the first time the Irish have done that. Ty Willingham paved the way, but it still was an important move.

As ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg put it, “Freeman became head coach of arguably the sport’s most famous team,” when looking at which rising minority coaches could follow in his footsteps. Current Maryland head coach Mike Locksley knew the importance of Freeman’s hire, calling him a “unicorn” due to getting his first head coaching job with the Irish.

As the story continues from Rittenberg, Freeman understands “that you are the representation for a lot of people. I want to make sure that I do this in the right way so that future generations and coaches continue to get the opportunity that I was presented.”

So far, so good in Freeman’s tenure, even with losing his first game against Oklahoma State. He has big shoes to fill, not just in South Bend, but across the country.

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