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LSU coach Brian Kelly is expected to hire Notre Dame Co-Director of Strength & Conditioning Jacob Flint to take over Tommy Moffitt's role, according to Brody Miller with The Athletic.

Miller is also reporting that USC assistant strength and conditioning coach Zaviar Gooden is expected to join Flint's staff at LSU.

Flint, a native of Shepherd, Michigan, played under Kelly at Central Michigan and then went on to coach under him at Cincinnati and Notre Dame. He was named co-director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame in 2017 and will now get a chance to run his own department at LSU.

Gooden, a native of Austin Texas, played linebacker at Missouri followed by five seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans (2013-15), Detroit Lions (2016), and Arizona Cardinals (2016-17).

He is familiar with both Kelly and Flint as he was a strength and conditioning intern at Notre Dame in 2018. He then went on the be the head sports and fitness trainer at CRA-Z Sports Training in Dallas, Texas from 2019-2020 before joining USC's strength and conditioning staff in 2021.

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You know what's so damn funny to me a lot of so called LSU fans on LSU sites blamed Tommy Moffitt for the injuries the Tigers suffered this year and the way the OL performed early on was happy to see TM and his three Natty's leave town. Now y'all are excited about the new S&C coaches from programs that consistently gets physically dominated by SEC teams, I just hope it all works out because the SEC is a physically different animal.
Reply1 month
I don't believe the problem at ND was that an indiviual player could not be strong and fit enough (see the OL-men they have produced the last few years); I think it was they just couldn't produce enough of them across the board like us and other SEC powers.
1 month
ND OL doesn't have to face NFL players every week. Whereas the SEC O lineman are required to face them day in and day out. It is easy to look good playing against mediocre talent, but we see how that turned out when ND got the playoffs.
1 month
Regardless of ideas and approaches, Moffitt is likely getting too old to relate to the young players. Bringing in the young coaches should be awesome for the players.
Reply1 month
Right? But the head ball coach isn't.
1 month
Moffit did a great job during his stint with LSU I wish Him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Yes, it was time for him to retire and enjoy life. Best of Wishes. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!
1 month
The Athletic reports this first? Somebody leaked this? Better see if WE announce this...
Reply1 month
Pretty much how Bama got Scott Cochran from LSU
Reply1 month
Checked out his bio on ND page. Good hire. Get some young blood with some new ideas. Make our olinemen look like NDs.
Reply1 month
At LSU it's probably not the strength and conditions that is the problem, it's the kitchen. The kitchen is too good.
1 month
Conditioning had nothing to do with OL they didn't recruit any OT and was forced to play OG and DT at the offensive left tackle position. The foot work is totally different than OG and plus you have to know how to position yourself on pass and run. Simply put they could not grasp the technique. Also they no longer have any blocking TE.
1 month
"It was only a matter of time before a big time program was able to convince him to leave ND" Media won't say it, but LSU is big boy football and ND is NOT.
Reply1 month
Nice try. But it was meant in the fact that he is being promoted from Assistant to Head Trainer.
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