Notre Dame football: Hiestand may bring culture shock
angst in his first meeting with then-new Notre Dame offensive line
coach John Latina.
The former Irish offensive lineman had already thoroughly researched
his new position coach's résumé -- something seemingly every one of his
linemates had done -- but that didn't prepare him for the culture shock
that was to come in 2005.
In the end, it was a move Morton viewed as a blessing. In the
beginning, it was constant turbulence.
And now he watches from the outside looking in as ND gets ready to
unveil its latest hope to spin through the revolving door. Although
unconfirmed on both sides of the equation, 53-year-old Malvern, Pa.,
native Harry Hiestand is expected to move from the University of
Tennessee staff to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's.
The only thing holding up the announcement apparently is ND's
uber-thorough, uber-protracted human resources screening process, put
into place roughly a decade ago after the George O'Leary résumé flap.
Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley, meanwhile, has already filled
Hiestand's spot with former North Carolina line coach Sam Pittman.