Ga. Southern candidates have connections to school

Several coaches with Georgia Southern connections have been mentioned as potential candidates to replace Jeff Monken, who took the Army job earlier this week.

Those include:

Giff Smith — Smith is a former Georgia Southern player and coach who most recently was DL coach for the Buffalo Bills. Smith is from Cobb County and also has coached at Georgia Tech.

Brent Pry — Pry was Georgia Southern’s defensive coordinator in 2010 and has been the co-defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt for the past three seasons.

Brent Davis — Davis, Georgia Southern’s offensive coordinator, is a triple-option expert who also was the offensive line coach for the Eagles from 2002-05. He’s from Athens and returned the school with Monken.

Mitch Ware – Ware is the QBs coach at Georgia Southern, who added assistant head coach to his title in 2012. He’s in his second stint at the school, also coaching there from 2002-05.

Mike Sewak — Georgia Tech’s offensive line coach went 35-14 as the Eagles’ coach from 2002-05. He was the offensive coordinator for five seasons, before replacing Paul Johnson, when he left for Navy.

Ivin Jasper — Jasper has been Navy’s offensive coordinator for seven seasons, but before that, was an assistant at Georgia Southern for a few years.

I saw Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon mentioned in one report, but he said he’s 100 percent committed to his current job. He’s also a former Georgia Southern assistant, but I would think he’s committed to starting the program at KSU, which begins play in 2015.

“The only rumor I haven’t heard is that I’m going to be the next coach at Georgia Southern,” school president Brooks Keel joked.

Athletic director Tom Kleinlein told the Statesboro Herald: “The option, the school buses, everything that we do, is something that person needs to understand and needs to embrace. Now, does that mean they need to come in here and do all of those things? I’m going to leave that up to him. I know, when I sit down and talk to him, that if we’re not doing some of those things, he better have a really good reason why.”

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