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BREAKING: Tulane nabbing former Notre Dame star as assistant

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Tulane isn't wasting any time in nabbing a new offensive line coach for Chip Long, the former Broyles Award finalist and first-year offensive coordinator of the Green Wave.

Sources tell FootballScoop that Long is tapping into his Notre Dame background to snag Chris Watt as the Green Wave's offensive line coach.

Watt is a former star Notre Dame offensive lineman who has been on staff for the Fighting Irish as a graduate assistant.

A former U.S. Army All-American as a prep standout from Illinois prior to his Fighting Irish career, Watt appeared in 39 games as a guard for the Irish's offensive line and started more than 30 career contests.

He was drafted by the then-San Diego Chargers and spent three-plus seasons in the NFL, with 31 career games and eight starts, before he retired from the NFL due to a knee injury.

Watt had returned to his alma mater a little more than a year ago as a graduate assistant on the offensive side of the ball for Brian Kelly.

For Long, an offensive mind who has consistently produced some of the best red-zone offenses in college football, hiring the young Watt is a chance to further strengthen the bond in a Tulane program on the rise.

Watt's playing days are less than five years behind him, and he's played in major contests at every level of the sport.

Long was hired by Tulane coach Willie Fritz to take over the Green Wave offense in December after former offensive coordinator Will Hall was named head coach at Southern Mississippi.

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