Newsstand: Former Notre Dame football assistant named UCLA head coaching candidate

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Tommy Rees could be on the move again. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times named Notre Dame’s former offensive coordinator a head coaching candidate for UCLA football’s vacancy. 

“An L.A. native, his deep ties to UCLA include father Bill working for 15 years under Terry Donahue and brother Danny playing for the Bruins,” L.A. Times reporter Ben Bolch said. “After serving as offensive coordinator for three seasons at Notre Dame and one at Alabama, Rees recently took a job as the Cleveland Browns’ tight ends coach and pass game specialist.” 

Following his one season with the Crimson Tide in 2023, the Browns announced Rees to his post last Monday. He claimed his first NFL assistant coaching position after previously working for the San Diego Chargers as an offensive assistant in 2016. 

Rees has spent the other eight years of his coaching career in the college ranks. He’s never been a head coach. 

UCLA football’s head coaching position became vacant after Chip Kelly accepted the offensive coordinator gig with Ohio State on Friday. Earlier in the day, Boston College tapped Buckeyes offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien as its head coach. Former Eagles coach Jeff Hafley left Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take over as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator. 

Rees played quarterback for the Fighting Irish from 2010-13. He also served as the program’s quarterbacks coach from 2017-19 before adding offensive coordinator responsibilities from 2020-22.

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2025 three-star wide receiver Elijah Burress from Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic verbally committed to the Irish on Saturday. He’s the son of former NFL wide receiver and Michigan State product Plaxico Burress

Notre Dame Quote of the Weekend 

“I think it’s the perfect spot for me. The coaching staff, the players there, the place, the scheme — it’s all perfect for me. My family wanted me to make my own decision, and they were confident in me to do that.”

— Burress on his decision to pledge to the Irish on Saturday.

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