Spurrier names Ellis Johnson new defensive coordinator

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January 24, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has named Ellis Johnson the new defensive coordinator to replace Brian VanGorder, who was hired just last month.

Spurrier said VanGorder came to him Thursday morning and said he would be returning to the Atlanta Falcons as defensive coordinator.
VanGorder was linebackers coach for the troubled Atlanta Falcons this season.

Johnson was hired to coach the defense at Arkansas last month. He held the same position with Mississippi State and prior to that he spent three seasons as the head coach at The Citadel.

Spurrier says Johnson will receive a three-year contract.

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