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Kelly close to filling staff

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly indicated that he is close to filling the vacancy on his coaching staff that was left when offensive coordinator Charley Molnar was named the head coach at the University of Massachusetts.

Kelly had already said that he wanted to have a full staff in place when recruiting starts back up on Jan. 4.

"We're very excited that we're going to be able to keep our staff in place," Kelly said. "We're going to be able to announce those things. I can tell you this: They're already guys that have been on Notre Dame's campus. That's the exciting part. We're going to have continuity within our staff and maintain that this year."

Kelly's comment that the guys have already been on campus could indicate that he will stay in-house has he shuffles his staff.

That could mean that safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin could move over to being offensive coordinator. Martin called the offense as the head coach at Grand Valley State.

If Martin moves over to offense, offensive intern Scott Booker could be inline for a promotion to the defensive staff as the safeties coach. Booker has been with Notre Dame for the last two seasons and prior to that he was the defensive backs coach at Kent State (2005-08) and Western Kentucky (2009).