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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has emerged as a coach of interest to the Buccaneers in their search to replace Dirk Koetter, 670 The Score has learned.

The Buccaneers fired Koetter on Monday after he went 19-29 in three seasons and enlisted the search firm Korn-Ferry to help identify the next coach, who also could be given control of the 53-man roster. In a statement released about the firing, Buccaneers owner/co-chairman Joel Glazer said the search will be conducted by general manager Jason Licht. The firm has experience assisting coaching searches with the Texans, Falcons, Chiefs, Seahawks and Jaguars. Kelly’s name surfaced in the past 48 hours after the search firm became more involved in the process.

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Kelly flirted with the Eagles after the 2012 season, interviewing with the team, and sources say he remains intrigued by the idea of coaching in the NFL. Notre Dame’s lopsided 30-3 loss to Clemson in last the College Football Playoff national semifinal Saturday reignited the debate over how close the program is to its first national title since 1988. Kelly’s level of interest remains unclear after he was made aware of the possibility the Bucs could pursue him, according to league sources. Contacted Wednesday morning about the situation, a Notre Dame spokesman has yet to respond.

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Baker Mayfield “definitely” has been a part of the Cleveland Browns‘ considerations with the No. 1 draft pick, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and the former Oklahoma quarterback cannot be ruled out as a possibility for the top overall selection Thursday night.

The source said the Browns may have already decided whom they would select at No. 1. But before that final decision, whenever it was made, Mayfield was in that conversation.

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The inclusion of Mayfield in the Browns’ conversation adds murkiness to the top of the draft, where Cleveland owns picks Nos. 1 and 4.

Browns general manager John Dorsey didn’t provide many hints on the team’s draft strategy when he met with reporters last Thursday, saying that he expected at least four quarterbacks to be picked in the first round.

The Browns, coming off an 0-16 season, are expected to select a quarterback with one of their first two picks. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected Cleveland to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 1 in his most recent mock draft, with Mayfield going to the Miami Dolphins with the 11th overall pick.

USC’s Sam Darnold also is widely viewed as a candidate for Cleveland with the first overall pick, and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has been projected ahead of Mayfield among draft-eligible quarterbacks.

Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, recently visited with the Browns. Dorsey referred to Mayfield as a “pleasant fella” during his Thursday news conference.