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Georgia Southern Getting Defensive

December 9, 2005

Statesboro - Meet the new boss.

Same as the old boss.

The Georgia Southern football team has a new head coach.

The Eagles football program was revived in the 1980's by a former University of Georgia defensive coordinator, and they turn to another one to bring it back to glory today.

Brian VanGorder has been named Georgia Southern's new head coach. VanGorder left the Bulldogs last year to become linebackers coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

He will replace Mike Sewak, who was fired last month after a stunning collapse in the opening round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

The 46-old VanGorder won the 2003 Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top college assistant.

Erk Russell spent seventeen years as defensive coordinator at UGA before restarting the football program at Georgia Southern.

Russell won Division I-AA championships in 1985, '86 and '89.

As a first year NFL assistant, VanGorder has helped the Jaguars to a 9-3 record heading into Sunday's game with the Colts.

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