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Reports: Former Cincinnati star Mike Mickens fills out Notre Dame’s coaching staff

Notre Dame has finally filled out its coaching staff. Multiple reports this week indicate the Irish will hire Mike Mickens as cornerbacks coach.

In a bit of symmetry, Mickens starred at Cincinnati as a two-time All-American under Brian Kelly and now replaces Todd Lyght, a former two-time All-American at Notre Dame.

Sources: Notre Dame expected to hire Mike Mickens as defensive backs coach. Mickens was a star player for Brian Kelly at Cincinnati. He comes from Cincinnati, where he served as DBs coach.

— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 13, 2020

The 32-year-old Mickens is seen as an up-and-comer in coaching ranks, beginning as a defensive analyst at his alma mater in 2011 and ascending to this Power Five position after just seven years on the sideline.