Kirby Smart confirmed that the former UGA defensive coordinator has been retained to work as an analyst in Athens.
“He’s a consultant," Smart said of the journeyman coach. “He can watch film, can break down tape, can watch tape, watch practice, observe, give opinions. He’s a consultant.”
Since his time at UGA, VanGorder has worked as the head coach at Georgia Southern, and as an assistant for the Jets, Jaguars, Falcons, Notre Dame, Auburn and a moment at South Carolina. His most successful run as a coach was in Athens with the likes of David Pollack, Odell Thurman, Greg Blue, Thomas Davis, Jonathan Sullivan, Tim Jennings and other future NFL stars while in Silver Britches.
Last season, VanGorder’s defenses at Notre Dame faced option-based attacks from both Georgia Tech and Navy - both Irish wins. The Jackets were held to only 216 yards last season by Notre Dame. Georgia held the Jackets to 194 yards during its 13-7 win in Atlanta.
"I thought it would be helpful to us for this game specifically," Smart told reporters Tuesday night. "He didn’t come here until late last week and began work on Georgia Tech and is a part of that game planning.”
Former defensive ends coach Jon Fabris was also at practice on Tuesday.