University of Louisville Football held its annual National Signing Day party at the Brown and Williamson club inside Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday. The party wasn’t as exciting this year due to the first year of the new early signing period that took place on December 20th. Louisville signed 19 of their 22 member signing class on the early signing day. So there were only 3 players that signed on the day of the party. 2 signed early in the day while 1 player signed just as the party came to a close. Coach Petrino read the text that confirmed the signing as his last words to the crowd. The atmosphere was very upbeat despite awkwardness of having 2 signing days. Several of the players that committed early are already on campus and were introduced to the crowd last night. You can view a full list complete with breakdowns of each players that signed right here. Read the rest of this entry
Bobby Petrino introduced the new defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder, in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Hear what he had to say.
Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will take over as the new defensive coordinator at Louisville, according to a report from FootballScoop.com.
VanGorder, who last served as a defensive analyst for Oklahoma State in 2017, was expected to be Mike Gundy’s tenth assistant for the 2018 season. However, he has chosen to return to Petrino’s staff, where he was the linebackers coach in Petrino’s abridged season with the Atlanta Falcons.
VanGorder brings over 20 years of experience as a defensive coach, including multiple stints as a defensive coordinator. The Wayne State alum has been a defensive coordinator for Georgia (2001-04), Auburn (2012) and Notre Dame (2014-16), as well as the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars (2005) and Atlanta Falcons (2008-2011).
With the hire, VanGorder would be Louisville’s third defensive coordinator in as many seasons. Todd Grantham left Louisville to join Dan Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State in 2016, with Peter Sirmon taking over as the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals. After much scrutiny over his performance in 2017, Sirmon resigned as Louisville’s defensive coordinator, and has since found a spot at Cal as the linebackers coach.
VanGorder’s contract details are unknown at this time, and there has been no confirmation from U of L as of this posting. It’s unknown as to whether or not he’ll also fill the vacancy at linebackers coach, where Cort Dennison left for the same position at Oregon last weekend.
This story will be updated, as details roll in.