Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he has decided on Notre Dame’s next defensive coordinator and multiple media reports indicate it will be New York Jets linebacker coach Brian VanGorder.
Kelly said after the Fighting Irish’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl that contract details were still being worked out and the new defensive coordinator would be ”an outside” hire, though he declined to identify his choice.
The NFL Network, citing unidentified sources, was first to report VanGorder was headed to Notre Dame.
Kelly and VanGorder worked together at Grand Valley State from 1989-91. VanGorder is in his first season with the Jets. He has previously been defensive coordinator at Georgia and Auburn.
VanGorder would replace Bob Diaco, who left to become the head coach at Connecticut.