On Saturday, Notre Dame finished its season in New York’s Yankee Stadium. The Irish apparently will be taking home something more than a Derek Jeter bobblehead.
Per multiple reports, Jets linebackers coach Brian VanGorder will become Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator. The man who ran Atlanta’s defense from 2008 through 2011 leaves the Jets after only one season back in the NFL. In 2012, VanGorder worked for Auburn.
Regardless of the reasons for the departure, a pair of consecutive one-and-dones combined with the reality that VanGorder will have had four different employers in four years suggests that it would be wise for the 54-year-old to stay in one place for more than one season.
The news comes at a time when indications are intensifying that head coach Rex Ryan will stick around. Still, it’s unclear whether VanGorder would have gotten pushed if he hadn’t decided to jump.