Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on Sunday.
Multiple sources confirmed the move to Irish Illustrated and Notre Dame announced the staff switching less than an hour before Kelly’s schedule teleconference. Defensive analyst Greg Hudson, a Notre Dame football alumnus, assumes the role moving forward.
"This is a difficult decision," Kelly said in a statement. "I have the utmost respect for Brian as both a person and football coach, but our defense simply isn't it where it should be and I believe this change is necessary for the best interest of our program and our student-athletes.
"It's never easy to make a change on your staff, but I'm confident in Greg's ability to lead our defense. As a former player at Notre Dame and an experienced defensive coordinator, he not only understands the expectations necessary to compete at the highest level, but he'll bring a fresh perspective to our sideline, practice field and meeting rooms."