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GSU calls press conference 12-9

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 1:46 pm
by GoldandBlack
December 9, 2005 - For Immediate Release
Eagle Athletics Announces Football Press Conference

STATESBORO, Ga. – Sam Baker, Director of Athletics at Georgia Southern University, has called a press conference for 4 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, December 9) to introduce the new head football coach.

The press conference will be held in the ballroom at the Nessmith Lane Building on the Georgia Southern campus.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:36 pm
by BestOfBreed
Talk on the is that it's going to be Brian VanGorder... ex-UGA Defensive Coordinator and current Jacksonville Jags assistant coach. I hadn't even heard his name mentioned before today.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:20 pm
by GoldandBlack
It's official- Brian VanGorder from Jacksonville Jags AC to GSU- write up below from his hiring by the Jags:

Jaguars hire VanGorder
By Vic Ketchman, senior editor

The Jaguars have landed one of the top assistants in college football, Georgia's Brian VanGorder, who will join Jack Del Rio's coaching staff as linebackers coach.

“Brian VanGorder is a high-energy, detail-oriented coach with an impressive background,” Del Rio said. “He'll bring great enthusiasm and intensity. He is a good fit for our staff and for our defense.”

VanGorder, 45, was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia for the past four seasons and quickly established a reputation for producing top rankings and top prospects. He will replace Mike Haluchak as the Jaguars linebackers coach.

Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud is one of VanGorder's Bulldog products. So are Patriots DT Richard Seymour and Steelers LB Kendrell Bell. Four Georgia defensive players – Stroud, Seymour and Saints DE Charles Grant and DT Jonathan Sullivan – were selected in the first round of the NFL draft during VanGorder's time in Athens, Ga.

VanGorder won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2003, a year after being a finalist for the same honor. The 2003 Georgia team was second in the nation in scoring-defense, fourth in total-yards defense, sixth in pass-defense and 14th in turnover margin. The '02 Georgia team was fourth nationally in scoring-defense and allowed only 31 second-half points in the final seven games of the season.