Rumors: Pete Carroll to Seahawks, Saban’s advice to Kirby Smart and Al Groh next at Tech

College football’s version of the Hot Stove is heating up, big time.

Rumors of coaches going here or there are everywhere.
We’ve added some polls of possible candidates, but feel free to add some write-in candidates below.

If Pete Carroll goes to the Seahawks, who will be the next coach at USC?

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Pete Carroll to Seahawks?
RENTON, Wash.(AP) — The Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora after just one season, leaving the former NFC West champs without a coach, general manager and president less than four years after they appeared in the Super Bowl.
Speculation on Mora’s replacement immediately centered on Southern California coach Pete Carroll.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Seahawks chief executive officer Tod Leiweke flew to California this week to interview Carroll for the job. ESPN.com, citing unidentified league sources, said an announcement of Carroll joining the Seahawks could come early next week.
“Pete’s name comes out at this time every year. In the past, he hasn’t commented on such reports,” USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “He was not expected in (Friday). … At this point, we have nothing to report.”
A Seahawks spokesman inside the team’s headquarters Friday refused to comment on Carroll and Carroll did not return a phone call left for him by The AP.

Who will be the next UGA defensive coordinator?

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Nick Saban advises Kirby Smart
From UGA beat writer Tim Tucker’s blog:
“I’m always happy and interested for our coaches to be able to advance professionally, especially if it is a professional advancement in terms of a guy being a coordinator who can go be a head coach in a situation where he has a chance to be successful.

“I’m not pleased when guys make lateral moves because it’s a little bit human nature to think, like my dad used to say, the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank. You always think it’s better someplace else. You kind of let your ego get involved, and you make moves that you shouldn’t make and really aren’t in your best interests for a career standpoint. So I’m not happy when guys do that. But anybody on our staff who can move up, we would like to help them do that.”

– Nick Saban in Friday press conference.

Al Groh next DC at Georgia Tech?

Who do you want to be the next defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech?

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Georgia Tech announced on Friday that defensive coordinato Dave Wommack will not return for the 2010 season. Coach Paul Johnson says he and Wommack “both agreed” a change was needed after Georgia Tech ranked 54th in the nation in total defense and 56th in scoring defense.
The AJC’s Jeff Schultz brought up former Virginia head coach Al Groh as a possible candidate.

120 comments Add your comment

RedAndBlack

January 8th, 2010
6:58 pm

Am I First???

maddawg

January 8th, 2010
7:15 pm

Am I last???

ugh

January 8th, 2010
7:16 pm

Yes. Do you feel validated?

maddawg

January 8th, 2010
7:20 pm

Dang, I thought for once I would be last!!!!

Getused Toit

January 8th, 2010
7:46 pm

Nobody knew he was refering to Smart until he mentioned uga by name (septic tank)

Keith

January 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

Tech, please hire Jim Mora Jr.

From, A septic tank, er, I mean UGA fan!

Pecan

January 8th, 2010
7:55 pm

Didn’t take long for a Tech “fan” to ridicule Georgia. I’ve lived in the Atlanta area 61 years and if I were you I’d take my immature jealousy with me as I take a little tour of Atlanta to see some “septic tank” areas.

Dawg on good time

January 8th, 2010
7:55 pm

If that North Avenue Trade School had such a good year then why did they fire their DC?? Kirby Smart accepts the UGA job before next week…bank on it!

ToccoaDawg

January 8th, 2010
7:56 pm

Of course Saban wouldn’t be happy if Smart went to another SEC school.

Saint Dork

January 8th, 2010
7:57 pm

HAHAHAHAHA (((((((((71-66))))))))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
HAHAHAHAHA (((((((((30-24))))))))) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Mike

January 8th, 2010
7:58 pm

Hey how long before the TEKKIES baseball team gets rocked by the dogs? We should start a count down!

GREGG

January 8th, 2010
8:03 pm

Georgia dominates Tech in the series history……60-39-5

RC Cola and a Moon Pie

January 8th, 2010
8:05 pm

Like Ray Goff said, he wouldn’t recommend an alum working for his alma mater. because 90% of coaches get fired; then you have no alma mater anymore…

hop

January 8th, 2010
8:07 pm

saban should have followed his own advise during his own career as he took many a lateral moves both in college and the nfl.

nick view is do as i tell you, not what i do.

ToccoaDawg

January 8th, 2010
8:09 pm

Pay Kirby what it will take to get him here and be done with it already.

Pecan

January 8th, 2010
8:10 pm

Thank goodness that at least we can get on here and make fun of one another and escape the real problems our country is facing: 10% unemployment, rising taxes, politicians who don’t give a hoot about the common guy, our sons and daughters facing the enemy all over the world, Iran and North Korea getting the “bomb”, people trying to blow up civilians in airplanes on Christmas day…..We are all Americans and live in the greatest land on Earth. So here it is, “Go Tech, to Hell with Georgia”, go Dawgs, to Hell with Tech”, “Go Gators”, “Roll Tide”, “War Damn Eagle”, “Rocky Top”, “the U”; we all love our teams, so let’s lighten up a little. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Good night, gentlemen.

BIG BEE

January 8th, 2010
8:10 pm

MIKE. go ahead and start a countdown, but the season may beover before you learn your numbers!!!

UGA = Septic Tank

January 8th, 2010
8:13 pm

“the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank”

That would perfectly describe the UGA program. We’ve been saying for years to flush twice – it’s a long way to Athens. Apparently Nick Saban agrees! ROTFLMAO

UGA = Septic Tank

January 8th, 2010
8:16 pm

“the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank”

I don’t care who you are or which team you support… now THAT’s FUNNY!!!

Pistacio

January 8th, 2010
8:19 pm

I agree with Pecan

dagnabit

January 8th, 2010
8:21 pm

It’s good to see there will be a new dc at Tech.

Mike

January 8th, 2010
8:24 pm

Big Bee could you guys at Tech set that up for us? I mean it’s quite obvious you aren’t doing anything else, like preparing a sports team to face UGA or getting ahold of that crime rate….

Bobby Ray

January 8th, 2010
8:29 pm

just a reminder to Kirby, while he may have a chance to turn the defense around, if he doesn’t, it’ll probably be the head coach that will be on the hot seat and he won’t have a job…….if he were my son, I would tell him to be patient ……..he’s probably going to get a huge raise at Bama, a chance for another year to establish himself and then the head jobs will come.

jackie12

January 8th, 2010
8:31 pm

Folks over in Alabama probably do not get the septic tank joke. They do not know what a septic tank is, but they know for a fact the grass is greener behind the outhouse because that is their bathroom…………….

GT GRAD

January 8th, 2010
8:35 pm

Good luck to Dave Wommack.

I completely agree with the decision to make a change……..let’s all hope GT finds a stellar person/coach to run the defensive side of the ball. This should be a desirable position for an established proven coach since the GT Football program is on the rise, GT has an excellent Atheletics Director, GT already has some talented players and there is a solid recruiting class in place (2010 class consists of players primarily on the defensive side of the ball) AND it seems like Coach Paul Johnson would prefer to let the DC run the defense as he sees fit as long as the defense performs well……………….I sincerely hope we land a GREAT coach for the defense!

Go GT!!

UGA = Septic Tank

January 8th, 2010
8:35 pm

Pecan and Pistachio… all in good fun! Nice to see some Dawgs with a sense of humor… and grace.

GT GRAD

January 8th, 2010
8:38 pm

If Kirby Smart is intelligent, he will stay at Alabama for a few more years.

If Kirby Smart is not smart, he will consider taking the UGA position………

Toe Heel

January 8th, 2010
8:39 pm

The next DC at Georgia will be an owl. Yes, once Richt names him, everybody will be saying “Who?”

Dean

January 8th, 2010
8:39 pm

The way I read this is: Working for Saban is like working alongside a septic tank. Get out while you can Kirby!

Big UGA Fan

January 8th, 2010
8:42 pm

Hey all UGA brethren….uhm, we’re idiot redneck classless morons…who hoo!!!!

No wonder we have such a big stadium, there are tons of idiots out there…..

GT Nerd Patrol

January 8th, 2010
8:45 pm

Hey guys could someone tell me how GT sports gets owned by those guys from Athens? I’m too busy playing with my calculator to be informed about such things….

Smart is going to Texas Tech

January 8th, 2010
9:19 pm

Old story. Not gonna be Kirby.

John

January 8th, 2010
9:26 pm

Pete Carroll is jumping off that bandwagon just in time for the NCAA probation. Why is the NCAA waiting so long to penalize USC on the Reggie Bush investigation? Now they’re looking into Joe McKnight’s use of an Land Rover owned by a USC businessman/alumni.

flea bags stink

January 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

can someone reed dese blogs to me cause my ged edukashun makes me a jawjah fan…i only wish i was smart nuff to be a tech fan…but im not so i kall dem boys nerds

Dogbyte

January 8th, 2010
9:32 pm

Septic Tank 30 Sewer 24. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa

THWGaTechies

January 8th, 2010
9:40 pm

We call you N-E-R-D-S ’cause if we called you what you are(something that starts with a “T” and rhymes with “nerds”)we couldn’t get it pass the “censors”.

poopdawg

January 8th, 2010
10:13 pm

Really Nerds?

January 8th, 2010
10:33 pm

How do you get a Tech player to ease up on masterbating? Paint his junk red and black. That way he’ll only beat it once every seven years! Now that’s funny!

Dawgs

January 8th, 2010
10:44 pm

Now that joke was funny

The Truth

January 8th, 2010
10:57 pm

Yep, with that win last night, a bunch of new one branch family trees were created last night in Alabama. It’s amazing what pork rinds, generic beer, a trailer park and a Tide victory will do to Bama people.

I love Nick Satan’s quote, “I’m not going to Alabama”. Sounds like Nick the liar is the septic tank so he should feel at home with the Bama trash.

Dawgs

January 8th, 2010
10:58 pm

Saban has caught wind that Smart wants to talk to UGA? This may have been from Kirby or some other source because the last place to address this topic is the media. When a coach addresses it in the media, this is a desperate attempt because they do not like a certain situation. If Saban was totally confident about Kirby staying at Alabama, this would have stayed out of the media and behind cloesed doors. If Texas Tech is not interested or does not make an offer to Smart, there is a shot that Kirby will be at UGA. I think Texas Tech will and should offer their job to Tubberville. Remember 2 years ago Tubberville pissed Muschamp off by forcing him to feel like he should stay at Auburn and not take the same job at Texas.

Buzz

January 8th, 2010
11:07 pm

Once again a bunch of classless dogs runs their mouths. Lighten up you red-nucks!!!!

The Insider

January 8th, 2010
11:14 pm

I hate to break it to UGA Nation, of which I am a member, but Smart is not coming to UGA. I was talking to someone on staff earlier today and Grantham has accepted the DC position and at Mark Richt’s suggestion has decided to hire Manny Diaz to coach LBs. Joe Tresey who just lost his job at USF is the likely choice at DB coach (I say likely because we have offered the job to Jerry Gray, but Redskins look like he will be only coach kept from former staff)… Mark feels good about essentially having 3 coaches with DC experience…We also have our eye on a special team coach, but they did not give me their name… I also have word that Mark Richt will take more of a roll in play calling again and that Bobo is being told to concentrate on QB development (which MR thinks is Bobo’s strength)… High likely hood that Garner is indeed moving on from UGA and that McClendon will become recruiting coordinator

GA DAWG

January 8th, 2010
11:15 pm

Tech Hypocrite

January 8th, 2010
11:17 pm

Hey Buzz, when it comes to running mouths and classlessness, take a good long look in the mirror and the typical GT hate klan who stay preoccupied with UGA on blogs. Geez….you and those clowns need to get a life.

reality check

January 8th, 2010
11:35 pm

Insider…. yeah RIGHT…….. we will wait and see. Go DAWGS. 30-24

I like the WHO comment from us owls.

Native Atlantan

January 8th, 2010
11:36 pm

Insider, we’ll see. Personally, I have no idea what will be done, but the important thing was to finally see the much needed change made. During the past three seasons, we’d see pass completions made on our D over and over where the safety and corner would be looking at each other where someone blew the coverage.

Getting a DC with years and years of NFL experience is fine with me. If Diaz is the LB coach, he has an abundance of talent to work with so if he’s the right man for the job, we will notice it quickly. I like the idea of a special teams coach. If we had decent KO returns/coverage, Richt could have been two to three games smarter this past season. The bowl game would have been a lot closer if A&M didn’t screw up on special teams….maybe Georgia did good things on special teams that night w/ some different coaching/schemes.

As for Richt getting more involved w/ play calling, that works for me.

The stat I’m going to look at next season will be scoring difference between halves. UGA outscored opponents in the first half by 80 points. They were outscored by 40 points for the second half. If the new staff and changes can drastically improve that, UGA will be in good shape. I’d also like to see something done about the S&C program, but the changes on D are a good start.

Saban Rules

January 8th, 2010
11:47 pm

LOL! I wonder if CNS even realizes that he just equated UGA to a septic tank. But maybe that’s not so crazy: large, subterranean
vat of sh*t and then there’s a septic tank. He seems to be on to something.

wow insider what detail

January 9th, 2010
12:18 am

so if all of your intel is accurate when will all of this hit the public?? Please tell me we are not waiting until the Cowboys are out of the playoffs, because who knows when that will be?

The Truth

January 9th, 2010
12:28 am

Saban Rules, the vat you are talking about is your back yard chump. Give it 3 years and he’ll dump you just like he’s done to everyone else. You think he actually likes or cares about that state or the stupid Tide fans? Get a clue you typical inbreed Bama moran.

Those Mike Price, Mike Shula & Franchione years were not too long ago, and they’ll be back before you know it.