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Champ. Drive: Notre Dame Fires VanGorder

Ivan Maisel, Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg discuss Notre Dame's decision to fire Brian VanGorder and wonder when the blame may start to fall at the feet of Brian Kelly.

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Reversals of fortune for Miles, Vols and Irish highlight Week 4 (1:32)
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Notes you need to know coming out of Week 4

At the quarter-season mark we have already seen two head coaches and two coordinators relieved of their duties. It is simply too early in the year for all this change.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced the firing of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on Sunday. The Irish have the No. 5 ranked recruiting class in the country, but the six highest ranked prospects in the class are all offensive players. The highest ranked defensive commit, linebacker David Adams, said the coaching change won't impact his status with the Irish. "Not at all," Adams said. "I'm 100 percent to Notre Dame."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on if a turnaround for 1-3 Notre Dame must be player-led or coach-led: "It starts with the coaches. It's got to be coach-led and they've got to start the fire, and then those players that have that intrinsic motivation, that fire within, they will come along with us. Those that don't, we're going to leave them along the side. But this is going to start with the coaches."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on the contrast between his previous public stance with Brian VanGorder all season and the eventual firing: "That's not the appropriate time to get into talking about your coaches and where do you feel they fit on that continuum of how well they're doing. I'm going to defend them in those public settings. As I got a chance to further evaluate our football team and our current situation I felt that it was in our best interest to make the move that I did."

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly of the dynamic of fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder having a son still on the team at QB (Montgomery VanGorder): "We deal with it professionally like any family would. I talked to Montgomery, we did that right away, anytime there's difficult times you deal with them man-to-man and do it upfront within the family and you move on."

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1dMatt Fortuna

Notre Dame fires D-coordinator after 1-3 start

Notre Dame has fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder; the Irish have lost five of six games dating back to last season and have given up 35 or more points in all five losses.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame announces Brian VanGorder has been fired as defensive coordinator. Defensive analysts Greg Hudson will assume DC responsibilities. Notre Dame had given up 35+ points in 5 of its last 6 games, dating to last year.

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2dAdam Rittenberg

Are the Vols, Bears and Badgers for real?

Did Tennessee turn a corner? Can Wisconsin make a Big Ten title run? Is Baylor the Big 12's best? We look at Week 4 storylines to determine whether they're real or we're imagining things.

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2dHeather Dinich

September provides CFP answers but leaves questions, too

The season's first month taught us that Bama is still the best, Louisville is legit and Houston has hope, but heading into October, there are lingering College Football Playoff questions.

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Kelly looking to evaluate all 22 positions (1:27)
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2dMatt Fortuna

ND's Kelly after loss: 'Every position' up for grabs

After Notre Dame's 38-35 loss to Duke on Saturday, a fired-up Brian Kelly promised to evaluate "every position, all 22 of them ... There is no position that is untouchable on this football team."

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Notre Dame, USC both have three losses. This is the second time in the last 50 years both have had three losses before October (also 2001).

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said DeVon Edwards' knee injury is likely a season-ending ligament tear, but confirmation will come tomorrow. Cutcliffe adds that Edwards and QB Thomas Sirk, both fifth-year seniors who have injuries, are two of the best people -- not football players -- but people he's ever been around in his life.

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Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says personnel changes are coming, but he's pleased with defensive coaching today: "Coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today."

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Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

"Duke gang, baby!" The Blue Devils, 21-point underdogs, head to their locker room pumped after a 38-35 win at Notre Dame.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

New Duke DL coach Ben Albert deserves plenty of credit this season, and today. The Blue Devils recorded their 15th sack of the year and pressured DeShone Kizer into a pick on back to back plays. Albert coached a great d-line at Boston College last season, and now the Blue Devils are in position to take the lead late.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke came to win, but the Blue Devils are now 0-2 on 4th downs after getting stuffed on a 4th and 1 run at the ND 19. The Blue Devils have struggled in the kicking game, but you wonder if they would've been better served passing it or running a bootleg with Daniel Jones. Notre Dame now gets the ball looking to break a 28-28 tie.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

The boo birds are out at Notre Dame Stadium at halftime, and why wouldn't they be? The Irish have been sloppy in all three phases so far, allowing redshirt freshman QB Daniel Jones to go 13 of 15 for 147 yards and 2 TDs in leading Duke to a 28-21 lead. The Irish have missed a field goal, given away a fumble and allowed a kick return TD. Additionally, Duke is without its best player in DeVon Edwards (leg). But the Blue Devils have bounced back from an early 14-0 hole, and they'll also get back safety Deondre Singleton, who had to sit the first half because of targeting last week.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke DB DeVon Edwards exited Saturday's game with a left knee injury after getting hurt while returning a kickoff and won't return. Edwards' left leg appeared to buckle as he returned Notre Dame's first kickoff 21 yards. The redshirt senior captain has earned numerous All-ACC and All-America mentions, as he has 6 career kickoff return touchdowns, one shy of the ACC record. Edwards also has 2 career interception returns for touchdowns.

Team Stats

Passing Yards292.028th
Rushing Yards163.883rd
Points For36.8Tied-44th
Points Against33.5101st

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