SOUTH BEND (AP) — Hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following a 1-3 start.
The school tweeted a new release Sunday saying VanGorder is being replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson. Hudson previously served as defensive coordinator at Purdue, East Carolina and Minnesota, as well as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Florida State.
The Irish’s defense is giving up 33.5 points a game through four games, which is on pace to be the most points in school history. The school record for points surrendered per game is 29.2, set in 2014, VanGorder’s first year as defensive coordinator.
Duke, which managed a combined 27 points in losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern, scored 28 points in the first half Saturday against the Irish. Students chanted for VanGorder to be fired during the game.