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Notre Dame DC Bob Diaco happy to remain with Irish

Bob Diaco has been forced to answer many questions about vacant head-coaching positions, but insists his focus is on preparing Notre Dame's defense for Alabama.

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Notre Dame's defensive coordinator Bob Diaco seems content to remain an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. Although several media outlets have reported that Diaco was being considered for vacant head-coaching positions, the Irish DC said that he has not been in direct contact with any programs.

Diaco's defense at Notre Dame has been the best in the nation. Through 12 games, the Irish have allowed just 10.3 points per game, which ranks first among FBS schools. They also lead the nation in several other defensive categories, including fewest rushing touchdowns allowed, lowest red-zone touchdowns allowed percentage, and others. Not to mention, Diaco was awarded the Broyles Award for being the nation's top assistant coach.

Another reason Diaco is likely to stay is his close relationship with head coach Brian Kelly. "It's Batman-Robin," Diaco said. "Obviously, he's Batman. Kelly previously hired Diaco at Cincinnati and Central Michigan.

For now, Diaco insists his focus is on preparing the Irish for the BCS Championship game against Alabama. The Crimson Tide's formidable offense scored 38.5 points per game this season.