Former Georgia and Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has been fired at Notre Dame.
As first reported by FootballScoop, VanGorder was fired Sunday afternoon after the Irish fell to 1-3 on the season after a 38-35 loss to Duke on Saturday. Notre Dame allowed 50 points in a loss at Texas in Week 1 and 36 points in a loss against Michigan State earlier this month.
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“This is a difficult decision,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for Brian as both a person and football coach, but our defense simply isn’t it where it should be and I believe this change is necessary for the best interest of our program and our student-athletes.
Before VanGorder became Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator in 2014, he was Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2014. He also was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia from 2001-04. While in Athens, he was named the 2003 Broyles Award winner as the nation’s top assistant coach. During his tenure in Athens, Georgia won one SEC title and two SEC East Division championships.