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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Yep

December 27th, 2013
12:13 pm

Doesn’t matter, Southern will still be awful for the forseeable future

JB

December 27th, 2013
12:13 pm

What ever happen to Rusty Russell, Erk’s son?

Bright Idea

December 27th, 2013
12:49 pm

Monken’s record was toast either way, stay or go. He was wise to take the cash with the losses that will pile up on his resume` at Army. Southern hiring a coach with no head coaching experience as they move up to Sun Belt doesn’t sound wise but they probably need to hire on the cheap.

Glenn Warner

December 27th, 2013
12:58 pm

I though Sewak was fired (dumb move, in my opinion), so would they really hire him back and would he come back? Giff, the Brents, Mitch, Ivin would do a fine job. Any thought of giving former QB Raymond Gross a look?

As for Rusty Russell, JB, the university alienated him and his brother Jay years ago is my understanding by not even talking to him/them about the HC position.

Glenn Warner

December 27th, 2013
1:03 pm

Okay, now I remember, Sewak fired Rusty Russell as defensive coordinator and alienated Erk, which is probably a good part of why Sewak later was shown the door.

1peatfor7

December 27th, 2013
2:47 pm

Rusty hasn’t coached since getting fired. He got a one interview for some position with Savannah St, but that was pretty much it. He’s apparently got a successful turf business that he started after Sewak fired him.

rbostic1

December 27th, 2013
2:58 pm

Southern will be fine whoever they hire will do a great job because the fans will support him and he will be able to recruit just like all the others before him.

gsu atl

December 27th, 2013
2:59 pm

I think they should be ok, they got most of their players coming back and the only thing changing is the head coach. If they get a good coach or one of the assistants there now they should move forward without missing a beat.

RODNEY

December 27th, 2013
3:50 pm

I wish Georgia Southern all the best in finding a new head football coach. I hoping the new coach is one that runs the option offense that has been a staple in the success at Georgia Southern. The players are in place to run the option and I hope the new coach sees no reason to change it.

???

December 27th, 2013
5:47 pm

Commenter “Yep” must be a Georgia State fan. Poor disillusioned guy.

StingerSplash

December 27th, 2013
7:02 pm

Can’t afford Pry. Can’t afford Jasper. Probably not picking someone from the staff. Sewak got fired from Georgia Southern once before. The pool of candidates is very, very slim.

JB, Sewak fired Rusty Russell. That Rusty has had few opportunities since then may be an indicator of the esteem, or lack thereof, he is held in as a coach.

Glenn, Raymond hasn’t coached in a while. Was at Bethune-Cookman, then went to Howard for a season and I haven’t heard what he’s up to now. I understand he would very much like to coach at Southern.
What I heard was the AD went to Sewak about changes to the program, i.e., defensively, after the first round loss to Texas State in 2005 and when Sewak said no, he got shown the door.

OriginalATLien

December 27th, 2013
8:05 pm

Maybe they should bring Moobs back, his offense would be a better fit for FCS than Tech anyway.

Bojack

December 28th, 2013
2:08 am

AD needs to do his home work. A lot of good coaches out there… get some new blood not X GS coach. Go Eagles!

Michael

December 28th, 2013
4:31 am

Athletic director Tom Kleinlein:
“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.”

That is EXACTLY what I hoped to hear from the AD. I am okay if we don’t run the option, but ONLY if they can explain how this other offense is setting the world on fire and show examples. We don’t need a ho-hum passing offense, no west coast crap. A form of the option should be offense (triple option, spread option, shotgun option, whatever).

As for the listed candidates, I would be more in favor of Pry or Davis, but all have some promising qualities. Sewak is mentioned as the OC under Johnson, but anyone that knows PJ head coaching runs knows he was the OC the whole time. Sewak didn’t fair as well when he followed PJ as the head coach, so I don’t think he has it in him, unless maybe he can explain what he learned and how he’d do it different (coaches hired, game plans, recruiting, etc).

One thing we DO need is a darn good recruiting staff, headed by a top notch recruiting coordinator that knows the state of Georgia or North Florida or South Carolina…we have to get solid talent to ramp up quickly into upper part of Sun Belt and even to crack the top 25 in the next few years.

Michael

December 28th, 2013
4:36 am

Stinger, we can afford any of them because becoming a head coach has a lure that leaving a well-paid assistant job can be overcome rather easily. Lots of top assistants become head coaches at lower schools that are aiming high. It isn’t like Geo Southern won’t be a football crazy school, it already is and will only get bigger. The job isn’t like a major conference gig, I get that, but it is probably one of the best after all the major conference teams are removed. Who wouldn’t want to take over a strong football school that has just moved up and resides smack in the middle of recruiting heaven?

Anyone on that list can be hired fairly easily, unless of course it is 100% about money (rarely is) where a major school might pay a few thousands more a season to keep one of them.

Statesboro

December 28th, 2013
10:39 am

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marietta eagle

December 28th, 2013
2:48 pm

Ga Southern fans how do you not have your coach locked up if you think he is the man to lead you in to D-1 foot ball ? I would like to see gif smith as defense coordintor and head of recruiting. He did a great job at tech with recruiting. I think the AD and Brooks Keel owe GSU fans a ansewer to my Question. With the doubling of parking fees and tickets going up. recruiting with no coaches. Poor planing and poor mangement of our Atl . dept. They drop the ball May be the fans neen to look at better mangers. From a 20 year box and season holder .

Royal Country

December 28th, 2013
2:51 pm

Alabama finally learned that you don’t have to have someone with connections to Bear Bryant to win. GSU needs to take heed and not limit themselves to someone with achool connections or the triple option. Think outside the box or you’re just going to be another team trying to make it in a D1 mid-tier conference.

GA SO Alum

December 29th, 2013
12:42 pm

What about Brad Almon? He starred for GASO during Erk Russell era. He has strong ties to the area and knows the state of Georgia better than any of the mentioned candidates. I would look him up ASAP if you are looking for guys with ties to the school. He is die hard GASO. GATA!!!!!!!!

EagleDawg

December 30th, 2013
12:42 am

GATA Eagles!

Thomas Brown

December 30th, 2013
5:54 am

Brent Pry is Georgia Southern University’s choice because his Dad, Jim Pry is a 36-year veteran college football coach who has been a huge boost to his son’s wealth of knowledge. Brent Pry is one of the most up-and-coming coaches in college football. A producing Defense, where the kids are taught how to do well, is the Best Offense, and with his connections, many great kids will choose to come to Statesboro. This is what GSU needs for the Eagles to go ahead and make their move past Georgie tek as the 2nd best college football program in the state of Georgia. This state produces more high school football players who go on to the NFL except for Florida, Texas and California – all 3 with a lot more high school football players than this hotbed here in Georgia.

A Free Safety by trade, Brent Pry has been coaching since 1992, his 22nd year now 2014.

Georgia Southern University has great tradition, and when you study it, it is Brent Pry.

Assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator in The SEC today, Brent Pry was the main reason Georgia Southern University came back into prominence after a brief respite.

Make him head coach, and he will finish out his career here in Statesboro with solid deep experience, and on the right side of the ball to understand that the best way to help a Defense, is to run the ball on Offense.

Tom Kleinlein, did you get that ?

Oakland

December 30th, 2013
8:50 am

Buzz Preston from GT, pretty good recruiter, knows the offense, and wants to be an H.C.

Bill

December 30th, 2013
5:03 pm

Former GSU qurterback Raymond Gross would be a great coach and recruiter in the state.

Fish

December 30th, 2013
9:55 pm

FootballScoop.com reports that UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has interviewed for the Georgia Southern head coaching position.

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StatesboroBrew

December 31st, 2013
11:39 am

Terry Bowden, currently head coach at University of Akron, would get the job done at GSU-South. Consider his bloodline: well-known in these parts thanks to his daddy and brother Tommy and a fine coach in his own right.

Douglas

December 31st, 2013
4:23 pm

Gif Smith would be a great hire. When at GT, he beat UGA out for some recruits in Georgia. The biggest mistake UGA made was not hiring Gif Smith to be their defensive line coach — he can coach and recruit. Chris Wilson has been a major disappointment at UGA when it comes to recruiting — he cannot even keep the ones who commit to UGA.

David Sharpe

January 1st, 2014
5:16 pm

SINCE YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE PAST, WHAT WOULD URK RUSSELL WOULD HAVE SAID IF TOLD YOU HAVE TO USE SCHOOL BUSES AND RUN THE OPTION TO COACH AT GSU.??? TOM, TAKE YOU SOME PICTURES AND PLACE ON THE LOCKER ROOM WALLS EVEN PLACE A BOWL OF WATER AND ROCKS OUT OF EAGLE CREEK. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED ! HIRE THE HEAD COACH THAT CAN HIRE SOME STRONG ASSISTANTS. ASSISTANT COACHES IS THE NAME OF THE GAME. ASK BOBBY BOWDEN AND NICK SABAN ! LOOK AT CLEMSON THEY HIRE AN ENERGETIC RAH RAH HEAD COACH AND GO AFTER TOP NOTCH ASSISTANTS. SENT DABO TO MATURITY SCHOOL AND HE LOOKS LIKE HE GONNA BE FAMOUS. UNTIL CHAD LEAVES. BUT DABO WILL PROBABLY GO AFTER THE BEST O.C..

YOUR NEW CONFERENCE FOES WANT BE INTIMIDATED BY SCHOOL BUSES AND TRIPLE OPTION,. PAUL JOHNSON IS ONE OF THE BEST WITH THE OFFENSE BUT HAS NOT BEEN SUPER SUCCESSFUL. TOO MUCH SPEED ON DEFENSE. DEFENSE HAS TO GET USE TO LOW BLOCKS.
GOOD LUCK AND MAKE GSU SUCCESSFUL WITH THE BEST COACH POSSIBLE, NOT ONE THAT IS THE BEST FIT FOR WHAT GSU DID IN THE PAST. FOOTBALL IS CHANGING.

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