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Jets assistant heading to Notre Dame

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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.

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5 Responses to “Jets assistant heading to Notre Dame”
  1. petehemlock says: Dec 29, 2013 9:11 AM

    ND DC is better than NYJ LB coach.

  2. ryann252013 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:35 AM

    I think any LB coach would take the ND DC job.

  3. kev86 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:45 AM

    Nice promotion. Congrats.

  4. zack2482 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:49 AM

    Outside of that one year at Auburn he has been fantastic everywhere. He was my head coach at Wayne State. He is a disciplinarian and an awesome coach.

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    Gees, he was the LB coach. You’re making it out like this was a lateral move or something. The guy clearly just wanted to work this year after the Auburn disaster until he got back on his feet to be a DC again. He’s a good coach and should do well, regardless of what happened in Auburn that one year.

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