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Molnar to help Irish prep for bowl

Charley Molnar plans to help Notre Dame prepare for its game against No. 25 Florida State (8-4) in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Molnar, 50, was introduced as the University of Massachusetts head football coach Thursday, but he told reporters at his introductory news conference that he will remain with the Irish (8-4) through the Dec. 29 bowl game.

Molnar has been the Irish's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since arriving with coach Brian Kelly last year.

"There's going to be some days when I'm in South Bend, and I'm going to be working Notre Dame football while we are on the practice field and in the meetings. Then from that point in the evenings, instead of making phone calls to recruits for Notre Dame, I will be making phone calls for UMass," Molnar said of balancing the two jobs.

Molnar was a member of Kelly's staffs at Central Michigan (2006) and Cincinnati (2007-09) before coming to Notre Dame. Notre Dame averaged 424.1 yards and 30.5 points this season and 379.7 yards and 26.3 points last year.

Molnar helps transform Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees from pro-style quarterbacks to starters in a spread offense. He also tutored Andrew Hendrix, who was used sparingly as a change-of-pace quarterback this season, and Everett Golson.

"I would also like to talk in terms to the people at Notre Dame, to coach Brian Kelly, (president Father John Jenkins) and (athletic director Jack Swarbrick) for letting me to have the opportunity to coach there and also letting me work there through the Champs Sports Bowl," Molnar said.

Molnar, who received a five-year contract with a base salary of $250,000, will oversee UMass' transition into the FBS in the Mid-American Conference.

Molnar has never been a head coach, but he has experience in the MAC with stops at Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.