Brian VanGorder may be at Auburn now, but there are some things about his experience at Georgia that stick with him.
Like that whole in state rivalry thing. Sort of, anyway.
“The first time at Georgia when we played Georgia Tech, when I walked on the field, I felt a difference in the programs, and I’ll kind of leave it at that,” VanGorder said. “I see the Auburn-Alabama rivalry as more of a level field and a great rivalry in respects to the chances of winning in looking at the records through the years. This one has been back and forth, and I’ve always felt that the emotions of this game from the outside looking in are a bit more intense than Georgia-Georgia Tech…”
Hey, Paul Johnson did say it’s just another game.
On the other hand, I’m not sure I buy this casual toss off about coaching against his former employer:
Said VanGorder: “I loved my time there, and I have a lot of respect for Mark Richt. He is really the guy who gave me my big break in this profession, but that’s kind of where it ends, because I will view that game far more from an intellectual standpoint than any kind of emotional standpoint as we go into it.”
I don’t think he’ll be overcome with emotion by the occasion, but I do suspect he’ll be a little less detached than he lets on.