“This is a difficult decision. 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.”
VanGorder was in his third season as the Irish defensive coordinator, but was the sacrificial lamb after Notre Dame’s 1-3 start.
DeSean Jackson was among a group of Washington Redskins players, including Niles Paul, Rashad Ross and Greg Toler, who took part in raising their fists during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the New York Giants.