Brian Kelly will hire Brian VanGorder as his new defensive coordinator according to reports Saturday night from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. VanGorder is currently the linebackers coach for the New York Jets.
VanGorder replaces Bob Diaco, who left South Bend earlier this month to become the head coach at Connecticut.
One of the most well-traveled coaches in college football, Notre Dame represents eighth different stop since 2000. A 1981 Wayne State graduate, VanGorder broke into coaching at West Bloomfield (Mich.) High School and will now move to his 16th stop in the last 33 years. He compiled a 19-25 record in four seasons as a head coach at Wayne State and Georgia Southern, and has served as the defensive coordinator at Grand Valley State, Central Florida, Western Illinois, Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons and Auburn.
VanGorder is most remembered for his time in the SEC, where he helped Georgia win the SEC championship and the Sugar Bowl in 2002, and at Auburn for the Tigers' infamous 3-9 season in 2012.
VanGorder takes over a Notre Dame defense that led the Fighting Irish's charge to a 12-0 regular season and an appearance in the BCS National Championship in 2012, but fell to 45th in total defense, 30th in yards per play and 32nd in scoring defense this fall.
Notre Dame closed its 2013 season Saturday with a 29-16 win over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. Eliminated from playoff contention, the Jets will close their season Sunday at Miami.