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Reports: Jets linebackers coach Brian VanGorder named Notre Dame defensive coordinator

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A few weeks after Bob Diaco left South Bend to become the head coach at Connecticut, Notre Dame has reeled in a candidate from the NFL ranks. According to multiple reports, Jets linebackers coach Brian VanGorder will become defensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reported the news first. Ian Rapoport of and Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports confirmed the news.

VanGorder has experience as a defensive coordinator in both the professional and collegiate ranks. Before joining the Jets this year, VanGorder has had stops at Central Florida, Georgia and Auburn, among others, and also coached for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. In his four years as defensive coordinator in Atlanta, the Falcons ranked seventh in the NFL in fewest points allowed.

VanGorder, who won the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant at Georgia in 2003, was on the same staff as Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State from 1989-1991.

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