Ideally, BK stays at ND for the next 1-2 years, and then Martin or Diaco take over as the successor. Both > Strong. Diaco is the next Urban Meyer.
Diaco has never been a head coach before. Very sharp football mind and great recruiter (Weis is both of those things, too), but a very odd fellow. There's a reason he struck out on every coaching search he was involved in this offseason, despite winning the Broyles. I'm not sure of his ability to run a program; there's so much more that goes into it than just possessing great football knowledge (I'm not saying he wouldn't be a great HC or able to run a program, I'd just rather see it elsewhere first like at Iowa or something). Martin was great in D-II. But D-I is a completely different animal, let alone Notre Dame. Again, doesn't mean he wouldn't be great. But we know Strong has had success both as a coordinator and now as a BCS (well, Big East...) head coach, and has ND connections. I'd probably rather see Louisville have one more top-notch season before jumping the gun, but I'd definitely have him near the top of the list. If Diaco and Martin go elsewhere and perform as HC's, then definitely. But I'd rather not hire from within unless those guys experience success leading programs elsewhere first.
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