There's a new boss for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but he's not exactly a new face for the program. That would be Marcus Freeman, who has been elevated from defensive coordinator to head coach of the storied Fighting Irish football program following the controversial and sudden departure of Brian Kelly for the SEC.

Freeman had never been a head coach at any level before, but he wrote the right words in a recent The Players Tribune piece that he hopes would motivate Notre Dame's players into achieving what the Fighting Irish failed to accomplish this season: bring home the national title to South Bend.

We have a lot that we want to accomplish here, without a doubt. Trust me — this is Notre Dame. We have big goals. But it’s the process it takes to get to those goals that’s going to set us apart. It’s the way we’re going to win, that’s going to set these young men up to achieve what it is they ultimately want out of this game.

Notre Dame fell one notch short in the rankings to make the College Football Playoff, but at least the Fighting Irish are set to play in a bowl game, as they are scheduled to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Jan. 2 at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. That's a great chance for Freeman to set the tone for Notre Dame going into what should be a busy offseason.