Alford Interviews With Green Bay

Tony Alford has been at Notre Dame for three years, longer than any other coach on staff.

Notre Dame assistant coach Tony Alford interviewed for a job with the NFL's Green Bay Packers, a source close to the situation confirmed with 247Sports.

Alford, a 17-year veteran on the college level, has been with Notre Dame for the past three seasons as the lone holdover from former coach Charlie Weis' staff. He has coached the wide receivers for the Irish for the past two seasons, but was expected to return to the running backs, a position he has coached for the majority of his career. The source said it was unclear whether Alford would take the job in Green Bay even if it was offered to him.

Notre Dame has already lost three members of its offensive coaching staff from 2010. Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar departed South Bend in December to take the head coaching job at the University of Massachusetts. Running backs coach Tim Hinton and offensive line coach Ed Warinner followed Urban Meyer to Ohio State in January.

If Alford does leave the program his loss would also hit hard on the recruiting trail. He has landed several of the country's top prospects in recent years. Many current players refer to him as a fatherly figure on the team. With current recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin taking over the offense for Molnar, Alford is a strong candidate to take over that role if he stays at Notre Dame.

A long line of NFL teams has lined up in Green Bay to try to pilfer assistant coaches after the Packers dominant 15-1 season. Joe Philbin, the team's offensive coordinator, took the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins in late January. Former Notre Dame quarterback and coach Tom Clements replaced Philbin as the new coordinator after five years tutoring Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers as the quarterbacks coach. It is unclear exactly what position Alford interviewed for on the Packers' staff.

Notre Dame announced a press conference Friday morning to meet the three new members of the Irish coaching staff, and the rest of the coaches are expected to be available for interviews at that time.

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