Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder

College football can be a bottom-line industry. Brian Kelly just has to hope that Hudson is a miracle worker and Kizer keeps slinging it.

Notre Dame hosts Syracuse next Saturday.

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly publicly defended Brian VanGorder on multiple occasions, including after Saturday’s home loss to Duke, to prevent the defensive coordinator from being put on trial in press conferences. Coaching wasn’t to blame, Kelly said. He knows the game.

Notre Dame fans have gotten what they wanted. “But it wasn’t working”.

Defensive analyst Greg Hudson will assume VanGorder’s duties throughout the rest of the season. He is an interim coordinator, Kelly indicated.

Duke: The Blue Devils defense continued to struggle to stop big plays, allowing 10 passes of 20 yards or more. “Sloppy turnovers, kick-off return for a touchdown, and the inability to mount anything consistently throughout the game”. “It has to be coach led”, Kelly said of his team playing with more energy. He’s the only one that I saw. “I’m going to defend them in those public settings. That means that we’ve got to tweak some things”.

“There’s not enough time to go into all the details of it, but the fact remains at the end of the day I have to find a way to get our defense to play at a higher level. I’m reacting to a place where I did not expect us to be”.

Hudson had joined the Irish defensive staff in June and has coordinator experience at Purdue, East Carolina and Minnesota, in addition to serving as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Florida State.

Translation: Notre Dame has problems everywhere right now.

“There’s a lot”, Kelly said. “They clearly know who he is, he’s respected by the players, but this will be a new relationship that he’ll be building with the defensive players”. “But this will be a new relationship he’ll be building with the players”.

It’s not a certainty at this point, but you have to start asking yourself when it’s feasible to question his job status. “There’s a great quarterback (Malik Zaire) behind me”, he said. “It’s important I have a coach give me as much information as possible, and he does that”. The Duke defense set up the final touchdown when it sacked DeShone Kizer for a 7-yard loss at the Irish 5 and Deondre Singleton intercepted a pass at the Notre Dame 45.

“Anytime you have a situation like this, you have a losing record, that’s the first that happens, guys start pointing fingers”, Rochell said. “We’ll have to re-evaluate what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with, and how we’re doing it, all of those things”. “There’s going to be some changes that we’re making in terms of how we practice, how we utilize personnel. We have to do our job and do it well”. Now, Kelly’s made the move, and Hudson’s in. A team that just previous year, was playing with a redshirt freshman quarterback that hadn’t played a single snap, about a dozen other injuries to key players, and a harder schedule is now 1-3 with the only understandable loss coming to Michigan State, who we can now say after the last two weeks of football isn’t even that good.

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