NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Vanderbilt is negotiating a take care of Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea to make the previous Commodores participant its new head coach.
Two individuals with data of the scenario advised The Associated Press particulars of a contract had been nonetheless being labored out however Lea was the college’s best choice.
Both individuals spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the college was not but ready to make an announcement.
The 38-year-old Lea is a Nashville native who walked on at Vanderbilt as a participant. He has been Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator for the final three seasons. The Fighting Irish made the College Football Playoff in 2018 behind a protection that ranked eighth within the nation in yards allowed per play (4.53).
Notre Dame is on the verge of creating the playoff once more. The second-ranked Irish (10-0) play No. 4 Clemson on Saturday within the Atlantic Coast Conference championship recreation.
Vanderbilt fired Derek Mason on Nov. 29 after he went 27-55 in seven seasons, together with dropping the primary eight video games of 2020. The Commodores (0-9) at the moment have misplaced 13 Southeastern Conference video games, this system’s longest skid since dropping 23 straight between 2000 and 2003.
The soccer stadium had its final main renovation in 1981. Vanderbilt chancellor Daniel Diermeier, who began July 1, and athletic director Candice Lee, who had the interim title taken off in May, plan to contain the following coach within the college’s plans for upgrading services.
AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.
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