#FreemanEra: Support from ND football players and recruits pours out for Marcus Freeman

Justin Frommer
South Bend Tribune
Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman on the sidelines during the Notre Dame-Florida State NCAA football game on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Tallahassee, Florida.

The search is officially on for the next Notre Dame football coach after Brian Kelly departed for LSU this week.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Tuesday that he's not in a hurry to appoint an interim head coach as the Irish await their College Football Playoff fate this Sunday.

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Meanwhile, former, current and potential future Notre Dame players have taken to social media to advocate for their preference with the Twitter hashtag #FreemanEra.

That would be current Irish defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman considered as one of the top assistants in college football. He has not been a college head coach.

Here are a list of some people that put would put their trust in Freeman.

Tyson Ford

Notre Dame 2022 recruit from St. Louis, MO

Dick Vitale

ESPN broadcaster

Isaiah Foskey

Current Notre Dame junior linebacker

Josh Burnham

Notre Dame 2022 recruit from Traverse City, MI

Drayk Bowen

Notre Dame 2023 recruit from Andrean High School

Niuafe Tuihalamaka

Notre Dame 2022 recruit from Mission Hills, CA

Nolan Ziegler

Notre Dame 2022 recruit from Grand Rapids, MI

Marty Auer

Current Notre Dame freshman safety

Drue Tranquill

Former Notre Dame linebacker (2014-18) and current Los Angeles Chargers player

Jordan Botelho

Current Notre Dame sophomore lineman

Nana Osafo-Mensah

Current Notre Dame junior lineman