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Notre Dame football assistant Autry Denson will become head coach at Charleston Southern

Notre Dame will be looking for a new running backs coach.

Autry Denson, who had the position the last four seasons, has been hired as the head coach at Charleston Southern, the school announced Monday.

“I was drawn to Charleston Southern by the vision of this great Christian university of integrating faith in learning, leading and serving,” Denson said in a statement.

He will formally be introduced during a Wednesday news conference.

“This is a great day for Buccaneer football,” Charleston Southern athletic director Jeff Barber said in a statement. “Autry Denson is a special person in so many ways and standout as both a recruiter and a coach.”

Running back was one of Notre Dame’s big questions entering the 2018 season. It turned out to be one of the strengths, with Dexter Williams leading the way with 995 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The Irish rushed for 2,695 yards in 2018.

The list of backs Denson coached at Notre Dame also includes C.J. Prosise and Josh Adams.

“He has done a tremendous job for us during his time at Notre Dame,” Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “He not only developed our running backs to produce at a high level on the field, but he was instrumental in their growth as young men. This is where Autry touched our program the deepest.”

Denson played at Notre Dame from 1995-98, and is the school’s all-time leading rusher (4,318 yards).

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