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December 19, 2007

Van Gorder to Gamecocks

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."



C. Paul said...

Very good move for BVG. That said, we didn't exactly look fantastic last year against the Cocks so......

Anonymous said...

Van Gorder probably has at least one job change planned between now and September, so maybe it's not that big of a deal.

Anonymous said...

Good hire for SC. Proven SEC coordinator, win-win for him and the school. I wouldn't write this cat off for a minute, despite his nomadic resume.

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6-6 B#@$%!

Anonymous said...

Such a shame that he just wasted five years of his career. To take such a step backwards now totally reinforces his ridiculously poor career management.

Anonymous said...

Spurrier has always had our number and now that he's got BVG he will get even better. I don't see us winning in COLA next year but should be ok down the schedule.

Anonymous said...

I predict BVG to Valdosta in 2009!

Anonymous said...

I'm expecting another post at this same time next year so we know where BVG is going to coach in '09.

Good luck to him w/ the exception of one game...but I'd advise Cock friends not to get too attached.

On a more X&Os related question, how do their differ in their coaching philosophies? Will players have to do a lot of adjustments?

Unknown said...

I don't think the scheme Adjustments really matter.

Despite what people want to believe. We were actually more vanilla with BVG that we are under Martinez.

It's just that BVG had DL like Charles Grant, David Pollack, Jon Sullivan and LBs like Odell, Boss and Spoon with Safeties like Phillips, Bierra, Jones and Davis.

Those were bad ass players that make any system look great. AND they were well that I mean they were where they were supposed to be and playing with a very violent tempo.


Anonymous said...

FWIW, since we're looking at coaches coming and going in the SEC East, UT, in addition to losing Cutcliffe, just learned that Trooper Taylor is leaving to become the OC at Okie State:

It looks like Fulmer has his work cut out for him in the offseason.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Hero from 3:19:

16-12 indeed. Do you know what those two numbers represent? No, not this years score.

Those numbers represent SOS's record over the next 28 games - after which he will abruptly resign as HBC to take a job as Head Greenskeeper at Augusta National. He's fit for that job - we all know his prowess in keeping the shrubs watered over there.

As for the Vols - that is great news. Looks like another long fall to the cellar for Fat Phil.

Anonymous said...

I don't wish anything good for BVG. BVG is an asshole just like Petrino.
I will enjoy watching Spurrier trying to bite off Van Gorder's head when the D screws up. That could be a really good show.

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