And the journey continues....Brian Van Gorder will take over as Defensive Coordinator for the Gamecocks in January. We listed this as one of the likely options for Van Gorder's next stop after his current employer announced that he was moving to Arkansas.
It's a good fit for BVG. I hope he finds happiness.....just one less game of happiness in the SEC East than we find. However, as someone said on a message board recently, "If Spurrier and Van Gorder are on the same staff, their recruiting coordinator may never sleep again." Touche. Two guys with an matched passion for spending time with high school football coaches. lol.
By the way...this could be a net positive for UGA.
Over the past 3 years, the Dawgs have averaged only 15.7 points against Spurrier. Tyrone Nix, outgoing Gamecock DC, wasn't Spurrier's problem when facing us. It was his QBs.
I highly doubt that Van Gorder is going to hold us to even fewer points than Nix did. 15 points is pretty low already, and we're bringing in a dramatically more experienced offense to Columbia next year.
Nix wasn't a bum against us. He was a bum against the rest of the SEC after his players would drop like flies due to injuries later in the season. At that point, Spurrier's half assed recruiting would catch up with him because they don't have the depth of the SEC super powers.
It's a break even development for Dawg fans in head to head play. But it could be a net win for Georgia as Van Gorder's defense might improve the Chicken's play later in the season. Thus, helping Georgia win the SEC East by giving UF and UT more losses.
He's a very good coach, but I don't think this has any bearing on our game in Columbia next year. And I don't think it changes the fact that Spurrier isn' t going to win the SEC any time soon. As for Gamecock smack talk about this....let me preempt you by saying, "I can't hear you for my Sugar Bowl tickets which are stuck in my ears."