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Notre Dame could be dealing with the loss of a coordinator as it gets ready to play No. 25 Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Irish offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Charley Molnar is reported to be the front-runner for the opening at the University of Massachusetts. The Daily Hampshire Gazette first reported Molnar as a candidate, and The Boston Globe reported that Molnar met with UMass athletic director Jon McCutcheon last weekend about the job.

The Globe report said Molnar could be named the Minutemen's coach by the end of the week.

Molnar has been on Coach Brian Kelly's staff since 2006 at Central Michigan. The 50-year-old Molnar also coached with Kelly at Cincinnati before coming to Notre Dame in 2010.

Molnar, who has never been a head college coach, was also a candidate for the Temple job last year, and if he does go to UMass, he will be helping a program transitioning from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Minutemen will play in the MAC, a conference Molnar is familiar with after stops at Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

If Molnar does not remain with the Irish leading up to the bowl game, Kelly could turn to offensive line coach and running game coordinator Ed Warinner to take over the offensive coordinator duties. Warinner was the offensive coordinator at Kansas from 2007 to 2009.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.