Definitely a great hire for Auburn. It is likely that Mike Smith told BVG that he wouldn't be retained or he figured it out on his own considering that Jack Del Rio is now available and the relationship that Mike Smith has with him. Obviously, the Falcons have to make some significant changes. ....now if BVG pulls a stunt similar to when he accepted the USCe job then you know something is going on at Auburn.
Scratch another SEC coordinator slot from the open jobs list. Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has been hired at Auburn. He has been with the Falcons since 2007. He has served as their defensive coordinator since 2008. Prior to Atlanta he spent a year as Georgia Southern’s head coach and a year as a Jacksonville Jaguars assistant.
SEC fans will remember VanGorder’s previous SEC stop when he served as the D-coordinator at Georgia from 2001 through 2004. The Dawgs went 42-10 in that stretch with an SEC title thrown in for good measure.
“Smith: Brian VanGorder has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Auburn University.”
The Smith in that tweet would be Atlanta head coach Mike Smith.
This hire won’t be met with cheers by fans in Georgia, many of whom had longed for VanGorder’s return from 2005 right up until Todd Grantham fielded a Top 5 defense this season.
On paper, it’s another “wow” hire for the Tigers’ Gene Chizik.