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March 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Auburn football: Brian VanGorder's salary matches Alabama's Kirby Smart as highest-paid defensive coordinator in nation

The contract Brian VanGorder signed to become Auburn’s new defensive coordinator ties him with Alabama’s Kirby Smart as the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the nation, according to the football program’s contracts Auburn released Thursday.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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