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Willie Martinez Joining Brian Van Gorder At Auburn

The Auburn Tigers already added former Georgia defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder and appear to be on the verge of adding another former UGA defensive coordinator in Willie Martinez.

Some Georgia fans cringe at the thought of Martinez's tenure as defensive coordinator but he was a solid defensive backs coach for the Bulldogs from 2001-2005 before replacing Van Gorder. Lately Martinez has been the defensive backs coach at Oklahoma before stepping down from that post in early January.

From 2001-2004 with Van Gorder and Martinez running the defense, Georgia was 42-10 and captured an SEC title and a Sugar Bowl win during the 2002 season. Martinez took over the defense in 2005 but never could completely replicate the attacking style that Van Gorder used while at Georgia.

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