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Report: Former Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees joining Northwestern's coaching staff

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is reportedly joining Northwestern's coaching staff

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Northwestern will add Tommy Rees as a graduate assistant on its coaching staff, according to a report from Chris Emma of Wildcat Digest.

Rees played quarterback at Notre Dame from 2010-13. Over 47 games, he threw for 1,048 yards with 61 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.

He signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 but was released less than a week later.

Rees frequently drew the ire of Irish fans, including some who formally petitioned the President of the United States to bench him in 2013.

News of the addition of Rees comes after a report that Northwestern will not make any changes to its coaching staff.

Emma notes that Rees will "likely work closely with the Wildcats' young quarterbacks."

This season Northwestern ranked 11th in the Big Ten in passing efficiency, 11th in total touchdown passes and 12th in passing yards per attempt.

The Wildcats' future at the position is uncertain, but candidates to start next season include veteran Zack Oliver and underclassmen Matt Alviti and Clayton Thorson.

The Wildcats finished 5-7 in 2014.