We’re three weeks into the season, which means we’ve been doing this long enough for the media buzzards to start circling around coaches they deem to be on their last legs.
First up: Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
The Irish were gashed in Saturday night’s 36-28 loss to Michigan State, two weeks after dropping a 50-47 double overtime shootout at Texas.
Through three games of this young campaign, Notre Dame ranks 102nd nationally in yards per play allowed, tied for 94th in scoring defense, 103rd in pass efficiency defense and 99th in rushing defense. Still, head coach Brian Kelly said Sunday he still has the right scheme and leader on defense.
In addition to the trouble on the field — Michigan State converted 50 percent of its third downs, threw for 241 yards on 9.3 yards per attempt and rushed for 260 more on five yards a carry — VanGorder also had a rough night on social media. Including from Notre Dame’s own staff, though Kelly noted it was an accident.
Notre Dame, unranked for the first time in 20 weeks, hosts Duke on Saturday.