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Louisville hires new DC
Petrino & the UofL made it official this morning after the weekend rumors. Brian VanGorder has officially been hired.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsspor...nator/amp/

VanGorder was the linebackers coach for the Atlanta Falcons during Bobby Petrino's one-year stint in the NFL in 2007. Previously the defensive coordinator at Georgia, Auburn and Notre Dame, VanGorder worked as an analyst for Kirby Smart at Georgia in 2016 and for Oklahoma State in 2017. In total, VanGorder has worked for 10 different college programs and three NFL teams in 37 seasons of coaching.
"I am truly excited about the opportunity to join the football program at the University of Louisville," VanGorder said. "Coach Petrino has built an impressive program here and I know that the culture that he has created here at Louisville is something that I believe I fit well with and will be comfortable in. I look forward to the challenge ahead and being a productive part in this successful program."


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I would imagine this is what the scene was at 100 Reeves Ln in Clemson when they heard this news.

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An opposing defensive coordinator who is typically a coaching nomad who doesn't stay anywhere long, hasn't fielded a potent defense in 13 years and has a reputation as a lackadaisical recruiter going to a divisional opponent? Awesome!
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(01-29-2018 11:17 AM)Kaplony Wrote:  I would imagine this is what the scene was at 100 Reeves Ln in Clemson when they heard this news.

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An opposing defensive coordinator who is typically a coaching nomad who doesn't stay anywhere long, hasn't fielded a potent defense in 13 years and has a reputation as a lackadaisical recruiter going to a divisional opponent? Awesome!


It's likely a step up from Sirmon, at least this guy has had success before.


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Step up from bad to mediocre?
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(01-29-2018 12:33 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Step up from bad to mediocre?
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If this new DC lays an egg, Petrino's goose will be cooked also at Louisville. I am not impressed by this hire. 07-coffee3
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BVG's defensive schemes are so complicated that the Notre Dame students couldn't learn them, maybe the Louisville D will prove to be a lot smarter.
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(01-29-2018 12:43 PM)XLance Wrote:  BVG's defensive schemes are so complicated that the Notre Dame students couldn't learn them, maybe the Louisville D will prove to be a lot smarter.

Best way to have great defense is keep it fast, smart, simple and hardnose as hell! 07-coffee3
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My thoughts on the hire are as follows.......Ahhhh
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(01-29-2018 12:33 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Step up from bad to mediocre?
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With Petrino's offenses being routinely ranked in the top 10, if not top 5, all you NEED is a mediocre defense to contend.

I guarantee this is the thinking from Petrino on this hire. This has never "gotten him over the hump", but it has put him close in the past. He's never stayed at one place long enough to see if, once he is close, he can get over the hump. Time will tell if this thinking is justified.

At this late stage, I'm ok with this hire. It's not like we were going to poach a high quality DC at another program. This guy has been at a pretty high level of football .... we'll see what he can do.
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Hope He can at the very least teach anyone to finally tackle someone. This just hitting the opponent hoping He goes down hasn't worked very well in recent years.
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(01-29-2018 01:23 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 12:33 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Step up from bad to mediocre?
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With Petrino's offenses being routinely ranked in the top 10, if not top 5, all you NEED is a mediocre defense to contend.

I guarantee this is the thinking from Petrino on this hire. This has never "gotten him over the hump", but it has put him close in the past. He's never stayed at one place long enough to see if, once he is close, he can get over the hump. Time will tell if this thinking is justified.

At this late stage, I'm ok with this hire. It's not like we were going to poach a high quality DC at another program. This guy has been at a pretty high level of football .... we'll see what he can do.

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(01-29-2018 01:49 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:23 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 12:33 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Step up from bad to mediocre?
07-coffee3


With Petrino's offenses being routinely ranked in the top 10, if not top 5, all you NEED is a mediocre defense to contend.

I guarantee this is the thinking from Petrino on this hire. This has never "gotten him over the hump", but it has put him close in the past. He's never stayed at one place long enough to see if, once he is close, he can get over the hump. Time will tell if this thinking is justified.

At this late stage, I'm ok with this hire. It's not like we were going to poach a high quality DC at another program. This guy has been at a pretty high level of football .... we'll see what he can do.

[Image: quote-offense-sells-tickets-but-defense-...-84-38.jpg]
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Yeah ... sometimes ...

But the NFL has had it's fair share of high powered offenses just crushing the best defenses of their time ...

St. Louis Rams greatest show on turf ...
Washington Redskins super bowls were all with better offenses ...

Honestly, you need a balance of both. You have to have one side of the football to be outstanding. The other side needs to be serviceable.
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(01-29-2018 02:05 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:49 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:23 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 12:33 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Step up from bad to mediocre?
07-coffee3


With Petrino's offenses being routinely ranked in the top 10, if not top 5, all you NEED is a mediocre defense to contend.

I guarantee this is the thinking from Petrino on this hire. This has never "gotten him over the hump", but it has put him close in the past. He's never stayed at one place long enough to see if, once he is close, he can get over the hump. Time will tell if this thinking is justified.

At this late stage, I'm ok with this hire. It's not like we were going to poach a high quality DC at another program. This guy has been at a pretty high level of football .... we'll see what he can do.

[Image: quote-offense-sells-tickets-but-defense-...-84-38.jpg]
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Yeah ... sometimes ...

But the NFL has had it's fair share of high powered offenses just crushing the best defenses of their time ...

St. Louis Rams greatest show on turf ...
Washington Redskins super bowls were all with better offenses ...

Honestly, you need a balance of both. You have to have one side of the football to be outstanding. The other side needs to be serviceable.

But consider if you can't scored or you are held to a very low point total, a mediocre offensive team will still win. A team with a strong run game and can generate long time eating drives and good defense usually wins. 07-coffee3
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(01-29-2018 03:29 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 02:05 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:49 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:23 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 12:33 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  Step up from bad to mediocre?
07-coffee3


With Petrino's offenses being routinely ranked in the top 10, if not top 5, all you NEED is a mediocre defense to contend.

I guarantee this is the thinking from Petrino on this hire. This has never "gotten him over the hump", but it has put him close in the past. He's never stayed at one place long enough to see if, once he is close, he can get over the hump. Time will tell if this thinking is justified.

At this late stage, I'm ok with this hire. It's not like we were going to poach a high quality DC at another program. This guy has been at a pretty high level of football .... we'll see what he can do.

[Image: quote-offense-sells-tickets-but-defense-...-84-38.jpg]
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Yeah ... sometimes ...

But the NFL has had it's fair share of high powered offenses just crushing the best defenses of their time ...

St. Louis Rams greatest show on turf ...
Washington Redskins super bowls were all with better offenses ...

Honestly, you need a balance of both. You have to have one side of the football to be outstanding. The other side needs to be serviceable.

But consider if you can't scored or you are held to a very low point total, a mediocre offensive team will still win. A team with a strong run game and can generate long time eating drives and good defense usually wins. 07-coffee3

The problem you have is you just hired a DC that hasn't put a good defense on the field in college football since he left Georgia in 2004. It's not a talent issue either since he had far more talent available to him at Auburn and Notre Dame than he's got available at Louisville.
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(01-29-2018 03:33 PM)Kaplony Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 03:29 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 02:05 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:49 PM)Wilkie01 Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 01:23 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  With Petrino's offenses being routinely ranked in the top 10, if not top 5, all you NEED is a mediocre defense to contend.

I guarantee this is the thinking from Petrino on this hire. This has never "gotten him over the hump", but it has put him close in the past. He's never stayed at one place long enough to see if, once he is close, he can get over the hump. Time will tell if this thinking is justified.

At this late stage, I'm ok with this hire. It's not like we were going to poach a high quality DC at another program. This guy has been at a pretty high level of football .... we'll see what he can do.

[Image: quote-offense-sells-tickets-but-defense-...-84-38.jpg]
07-coffee3



Yeah ... sometimes ...

But the NFL has had it's fair share of high powered offenses just crushing the best defenses of their time ...

St. Louis Rams greatest show on turf ...
Washington Redskins super bowls were all with better offenses ...

Honestly, you need a balance of both. You have to have one side of the football to be outstanding. The other side needs to be serviceable.

But consider if you can't scored or you are held to a very low point total, a mediocre offensive team will still win. A team with a strong run game and can generate long time eating drives and good defense usually wins. 07-coffee3

The problem you have is you just hired a DC that hasn't put a good defense on the field in college football since he left Georgia in 2004. It's not a talent issue either since he had far more talent available to him at Auburn and Notre Dame than he's got available at Louisville.

You are preaching to the choir here, I know he is not to great. 07-coffee3
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OK ... then who can you hire, at this time of year, who is realistic?

It's not a long list.

We were gifted the chance to hire somebody else when Sirmon bolted for a lesser job on the west coast .. Not only did he save us a buy out, it COST Sirmon $75K to do this.

This guy has experience. And is thought of highly enough to always wind up at programs with far greater tradition than we have at U of L ...

I'll see what he can do. It HAS to be better than Sirmon.

And I KNOW Petrino will have a very good to great offense each and every year.

We'll see ...
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(01-29-2018 08:44 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  OK ... then who can you hire, at this time of year, who is realistic?

Honestly I would have promoted Whammy. He gets a ton of blame he doesn't deserve for the way the coots fell but when your head coach only pays lip service to recruiting you don't tend to attract the kind of athletes you need to compete in the NFL

or made an offer to Scott Shafer. Surely Louisville can out-pay MTSU and for all his faults as a HC he's a solid DC.

or take a chance on a couple up and comers like Newberry at Kennesaw State or Cooper at Austin Peay.

Any of the above would have been better than Van Gorder considering none of today's recruits can recall a time when he fielded a decent defense and all put out a much better effort at recruiting.
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As an ND fan, all I can say after watching the Van Gorder 2016 debacle is....lotsa luck.

He was horrible at ND. The 2017 defense was much, much better after he was fired.
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(01-29-2018 09:15 PM)Kaplony Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 08:44 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  OK ... then who can you hire, at this time of year, who is realistic?

Honestly I would have promoted Whammy. He gets a ton of blame he doesn't deserve for the way the coots fell but when your head coach only pays lip service to recruiting you don't tend to attract the kind of athletes you need to compete in the NFL

or made an offer to Scott Shafer. Surely Louisville can out-pay MTSU and for all his faults as a HC he's a solid DC.

or take a chance on a couple up and comers like Newberry at Kennesaw State or Cooper at Austin Peay.

Any of the above would have been better than Van Gorder considering none of today's recruits can recall a time when he fielded a decent defense and all put out a much better effort at recruiting.


I was thinking Vic Koenning, defensive coordinator, Troy. He put together a top 25 defense there last season & has ACC experience.

Since you mentioned recruiting, Cort Dennison our LB coach was our top recruiter & is the biggest loss on this staff. Bringing in a high level recruiter maybe even more important than bringing in a high level DC.


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(01-30-2018 05:11 AM)Lenvillecards Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 09:15 PM)Kaplony Wrote:  
(01-29-2018 08:44 PM)Pervis_Griffith Wrote:  OK ... then who can you hire, at this time of year, who is realistic?

Honestly I would have promoted Whammy. He gets a ton of blame he doesn't deserve for the way the coots fell but when your head coach only pays lip service to recruiting you don't tend to attract the kind of athletes you need to compete in the NFL

or made an offer to Scott Shafer. Surely Louisville can out-pay MTSU and for all his faults as a HC he's a solid DC.

or take a chance on a couple up and comers like Newberry at Kennesaw State or Cooper at Austin Peay.

Any of the above would have been better than Van Gorder considering none of today's recruits can recall a time when he fielded a decent defense and all put out a much better effort at recruiting.


I was thinking Vic Koenning, defensive coordinator, Troy. He put together a top 25 defense there last season & has ACC experience.

Since you mentioned recruiting, Cort Dennison our LB coach was our top recruiter & is the biggest loss on this staff. Bringing in a high level recruiter maybe even more important than bringing in a high level DC.


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Vic Koenning's defenses at Carolina were beyond terrible.
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