Auburn welcomes VanGorder back to the SEC

HOOVER, Ala. — Brian VanGorder, former defensive coordinator at Georgia and, more recently, with the Falcons, is a welcomed addition to the Auburn staff, head coach Gene Chizik said. Chizik hired VanGorder from the Falcons this year to be the Tigers’ defensive coordinator.

“It’s been a great transition with Brian,” Chizik said at SEC Media Days today. “We go back a long ways. Philosophically, we’re on the exact same page with what we believe in defensively and what we think is the right mixture of a lot of different things, coverage and front-wise.”

VanGorder is one of two former UGA defensive coordinators on the Auburn staff. Willie Martinez was hired as the Tigers’ secondary coach after working at Oklahoma the past two seasons.

On a different topic from Chizik:

Having coached for four years in the Big 12 –- two as an assistant at Texas and two as head coach at Iowa State — before taking the Auburn job in 2009, Chizik said SEC opponents should not underestimate league newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M.

“I’ll tell you what, I don’t think a lot of people are giving Texas A&M and Missouri the credit they deserve,” Chizik said. “… Missouri and Texas A&M aren’t coming into the SEC with their hat in their hand saying, ‘Thank you for letting me be here.’ They’re coming in here to compete and play their tail off on the football field. You can bank on that one. . . . To think that Missouri and Texas A&M are going to come in here and all of a sudden they’re going to have their eyes open to football, that’s insane.”

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54 comments Add your comment

Charlie Hayes

July 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

Game Changer

July 18th, 2012
5:07 pm

What about the elgibility of J Jenkins in 2012. Word is he did not make it and summer school cannot be used to qualify him, would you please get an answer on this?

J Jenkins > auburn football at this time in regards to UGA importance

Charlie Hayes

July 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

As long as Wet Willie is at AU, then they will get burnt by the bend-but-dont-break mentality. My bet is that VanGorder fires Willie within two (2) years. Just like his Oklahoma stint….Can’t spray but so much lavender on poop. The smell will always come back…..

cdpridg

July 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

we neede aritcles and info on the Dawgs…UGA makes the world turn….

who cares about awbarn rednecks

July 18th, 2012
5:16 pm

right no one….

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
5:16 pm

Hearing UGA fans talk trash about Coach Martinez shows their true colors. He was a fine Secondary coach at UGA under Van Gorder and who is to say that he will not do the same at Auburn?? I believe BVG and Chizik had their choice of several good candidates to coach the Secondary at Auburn. They both are Frank Broyles Coaches of the Year in the country for their defensive stints (BVG and Chizik). Who has the gall to say that their decision to employ Willie Martinez is a mistake?? The AU defense was the youngest in the SEC last year and they played like it. I would suggest that folks be careful in making too many assumptions going forward. Under BVG they will be a year older, stronger, and with a year of SEC competition behind them.

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

I am sure Coach Dooley appreciates the Awbarn Redneck comments…..do you think he is one??

Atlanta Resident

July 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

VanGorder seems to be going backwards with every new job. That’s correct, I said it, right now the DC job at Georgia is better than the DC job with the Falcons. Auburn, a community college in central Alabama, isn’t even on the same level with most of the other SEC schools…

He better hopes he wins big so he can get out of there!

Dawg Fud

July 18th, 2012
5:29 pm

Martinez was actually a very good secondary coach at UGA. I appreciate what he did for us in that role.

And I damn sure appreciate BVG’s defenses when he was with us.

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
5:30 pm

Thanks for the compliment, Atlanta resident. Community College?? Tell that to the Steve Jobs hand picked successor at Apple, CEO Tim Cook. He is a grad of that Community College, AU.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
5:32 pm

right now the DC job at Georgia is better than the DC job with the Falcons.

Yes. Plenty of DC’s would rather coach in a cow town for less money then coach some of the best players in the world on the biggest stage in football.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
5:32 pm

SEC welcomes ever questionable character coach or player.

GSU

July 18th, 2012
5:32 pm

Van Gorder jumps jobs like hot potato. Every few years he is leaving somewhere and going somewhere. When will this dude find a happy setting.

Pulpwud Smif

July 18th, 2012
5:37 pm

VanGorder was the last coach at UGA who had both intelligence and a moral compass. They’re all slimeballs now, bless their wretched hearts.

WAR Eagle

July 18th, 2012
5:41 pm

Auburn vs Georgia November 2012 will be fun for Auburn. War Eagle

GT University.....Starbury

July 18th, 2012
5:46 pm

Looks like nothing exciting happening on the nerd blog so GTBob is adding his two cents….go run security on your trade school in the ‘hood, Bobbie.

Destin Dawg

July 18th, 2012
5:54 pm

I think we’re 6 out of the last 7 vs. Awlbarn ??? Chizik one year wonder with $Cam Newton and ” late hit ” Fairley.. Go dawgs !!!

Ga Southern

July 18th, 2012
6:00 pm

As long as that SOB never sets foot in Statesboro again, hated what he did to GSU, then when he didn’t do anything to prep for the playoff game against the Giants last year- good riddance

1953dawg

July 18th, 2012
6:03 pm

Auburn vs Georgia November 2012 will be fun for Auburn. LOL!! Just like 5 of the last 6 games in November between UGA and Auburn have been fun for the barn. You guys live in a dream world. UGA has owned your sorry program lately. You are on the wrong blog War Eagle, maybe you should try going on a Bama blog if they have one and brag about beating Bama lately. Or maybe go on a Miss, or Miss st blog and brag, but there is one program you sure as hell can’t brag about beating lately and that is UGA. And it will be fun for one team come Nov., but it sure want be the pitiful program called the BARN, or whatever you call your scandal program now. How does 45-7 sound to you War Eagle, just because you have 2 UGA rejects on your defensive staff,doesn’t make you better. You might want to go watch VanGorder’s defense in the playoffs when the Falcons played Green Bay. I think Aaron Rodgers just threw another T.D. against VanGorder’s zone defense. UGA will do the same thing against his infamous zone defense. Go brag on the Bama blog, and you can talk about the latest recruit that the bag man Taylor bought for you.

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
6:16 pm

Michigan State……

Jamal

July 18th, 2012
6:43 pm

Lutz will run over yo dog ass!

Crowells Bondsman

July 18th, 2012
7:03 pm

I have never met a more insecure fan base than UGA when it comes to Auburn. I guess it was the national championship (Auburns I am talking about) that did it. To those who have never seen one, let me tell you, it was AWESOME! You might be able to see one it your lifetime. Don’t pass that chance if it comes around.

Brainiac(CMR/UGA fan for life)

July 18th, 2012
7:49 pm

@ Old fan:

Any truth to the rumor that Tim Cook is a close relative of Steve Jobs?????????????????????

UGA?

July 18th, 2012
7:58 pm

You UGA folks have me in stitches. On one hand there’s the intelligent one that acknowledges how good UGA’s defense was under BVG w/ WM. On the other there is the fan that wants to try and claim how UGA has been so dominant over AU and thus degrades AU. How many undefeated seasons does UGA have over the past 20 years? The answer is ZERO. Auburn? THREE.

That’s how you become relevant in the NC discussion, pups. Go undefeated just once.

Atlanta Resident

July 18th, 2012
8:03 pm

Old fan, glad to hear you have one hook to hang the hat on. Should I remind you that he is a graduate of Duke and relative to Jobs. Apple might be in trouble!

UGA?

July 18th, 2012
8:13 pm

I’m an AU graduate and UGA law graduate. No difference in quality of education IMO, fwiw.

Vince Drooley

July 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

It’s simple.

SEC Teams Having a Crystal Football — Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Tennessee.

SEC Teams NOT Having a Crystal Football — Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

You are the company you keep.

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
8:41 pm

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is an Auburn University Engineering Graduate. He has an MBA from Duke. War Eagle………What’s the point??

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
8:46 pm

And the CEO of Apple (the Auburn Grad) is NOT related to Steve Jobs…..sorry. Google it……..

TIM BUCK

July 18th, 2012
9:03 pm

Cheesik and VanGordee NOW THATS A DAMN PAIR………..DA FLUFER AND PONE STAR..LMAO.IMO NEITHER ARE GOOD COACHES………..BUT GOOD AT PAY-OUTS…..ALL IN DA FAMBLEE!

Aunt Bea

July 18th, 2012
9:13 pm

Will never understand why UGA fans have such an inflated sense of self-worth. UGA is mediocre. Can’t win the SEC much less a national championship since Dooley was head coach. Yet, they seem to think they are the elite. I just don’t get it. Martinez was good enough for y’all to demand he be DC. You promoted him to DC. He made a lousy DC but was a good secondary coach. Now that he is at AU, y’all just can’t stand it. Why are y’all so consumed with everything Auburn?

Aunt Bea

July 18th, 2012
9:15 pm

And btw 1953 Dawg, if your spelling is the product of a being a UGA grad, that’s pitiful.

Dave cutler

July 18th, 2012
10:01 pm

Dont sweat it auburn fans. This is what fans with teams that don’t have crystal do. They look to stupid points like last 5/6 games, education, bla bla. As if that takes away anything from auburn. Heck, using that logic, although a small one game lead thanks to the recent run—you uga homos do realize auburn leads the series right? You guys act like auburn hasn’t beaten you 50+ times. Ha. Uga is just flat out jealous of auburn because we are a more successful program the past 30 years aka the majority of our lives, and they can’t stand we are more nationally relevant. And with a tougher hill I may add. Our rival is Bama, not gt. we play in the west, traditionally better than the east. Go undefeated more than once in 50 years and we can talk.

Dave cutler

July 18th, 2012
10:07 pm

Aunt bea they think they are elite because they have good recruiting classes and their media tricks them into thinking the players are better than they are. Unfortunately it never translates into quality wins and championships, they have an embarrassing head complex with Florida, and no one will take them seriously with such an unrealistic approach because that attitude trickles down to the players. They have inflated egos and football is a team mental sport. Make no mistake to win a championship you have to be humble and uga has none of that.

Dave cutler

July 18th, 2012
10:21 pm

And what’s up with the redneck comments? Look at the suburbs of Athens and around. Winder, bogart, Carl, wintersville, danielsville, Colbert, Crawford? List goes on. You guys have more cows than auburn. Just because you have a few hippies playing guitar in the streets doesn’t make you more diverse or smarter. You guys are a bunch of necks like the rest of us in the south. God I don’t know where the sense of self worth came from.

Dave cutler

July 18th, 2012
10:28 pm

And the other fan hit the nail on the head. It was the national championship that tipped them over. Look at the list that Vince drooley posted a few up. It was a race with auburn and uga who would join the others first. Surely it stinks to be on the bottom list. We won. Get over it.

In fact, if I were a uga fan I wouldn’t worry about auburn. I would be worried about Arkansas making that list. If they get their first oh my….have fun with the dregs.

bammer

July 18th, 2012
11:00 pm

Take it easy on the doggies. Now they play second fiddle to South Carolina and UF.
Second rate team.

OldFan

July 18th, 2012
11:04 pm

Well said, Dave cutler and Aunt Bea………well said.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
11:33 pm

Did the Blog take a turn in Columbia to Mount Pilot heading to Mayberry?

mgdawg

July 19th, 2012
6:54 am

This really does scare me. Van Gorder was a great DC at UGA, and Martinez was great as just a DB coach, he was horrible as DC. I really dread having to play against Van Gorder every year, UGA’s offense struggles enough by itself.

JB

July 19th, 2012
7:18 am

This will be a pressure year for Richt. New contract and a team expected to do very well with a repeat schedule of last year. Mostly cupcakes with 4 games or so he will be measured by. I like Richt ( you have to say that to temper the attacks) But I believe he is one of the worst coach’s I’ve seen getting a team up and ready to play a big ball game. Yes, there is a game here and there that is the exception, but I’ve seen way to many times we come out on National TV in a big game with the deer in headlights thing going on. Let’s hope he runs the table this year. He has the team and the schedule and the rivals with down teams ( Fla,AU,Tenn)to do it.

Butter Bean Floyd

July 19th, 2012
8:01 am

Rest assured that BVG will have “Ricky Bobby” Richts number. Poor “Ricky Bobby” Richt who hasnt done much when all the Donnan recruits left and also the departure of BVG.

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Nat'l Champ Club AU, Bama, LSU, UF

July 19th, 2012
9:43 am

WOW, what bitter uga fans!! Sorry that the last time you won a bowl game was 2009, sorry the last time you went to the sec championship it was a woodshed whupping from LSU, sorry that you have NEVER even played in the BCS championship game and sorry that your last national championship was over 3 decades ago. At Auburn, we are so proud to have won our last 5 bowl games, won the last sec championship we played in, 2 undefeated seasons in 10 years, a heisman trophy winner and lets not forget the coveted National Championship 2010! Sorry uga fans that you guys haven’t had much success since 1980, but just keep trying, maybe, just maybe you might someday at least be competitive in the sec championship game, that is if UF doesn’t rise back up again. Time is running out until UF dominates you guys again.

WDE!!!!!

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Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

July 19th, 2012
10:23 am

EAR DAMN EAGLE!!! Optimistic after Chic Fil A bowl-I know it was ACC UVA but they looked good on defense, Offense & Special Teams-

Lot to look forward to!

PLR

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

July 19th, 2012
10:26 am

OR WAR, with regard to Van Gordy-they don’t just give out Frank Broyles awards and he is definitely in his wheel house on the Plains and at the NCAA level…Welcome back, I think they’ll be just fine-cannot get much poorer on defensive stats as last year but as one blogger stated earlier, youngest defense in the SEC last yr. A lot to ask with the speed of the game!

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