Sewak declines to comment on UL job

Mike Sewak declined to comment on a story that he is a candidate to be Louisiana-Lafayette’s next head coach.

Sewak, co-offensive line coach at Georgia Tech for the past three seasons, was the head coach at Georgia Southern from 2002-05, succeeding Paul Johnson. Sewak led the Eagles to a 35-14 record. However, he was let go after not leading the Eagles to any national titles. Before being the Eagles’ coach, he was the offensive coordinator from 1997-2001, calling the plays that led the team to two national championships.

The Cajuns fired Ricky Bustle on Nov. 29. Bustle went 41-65 in nine seasons. The Cajuns play in the Sun Belt Conference.

Sewak has been a coach on various levels for 27 years, starting as an assistant at Hobart College in 1982.

UL senior associate athletics director Scott Farmer worked with Sewak at Georgia Southern.
– Doug Roberson, AJC

29 comments Add your comment

just wondering

December 8th, 2010
7:24 pm

well if you take it, are you going to take the backup quarterbacks with you like Monken did with Shaw? CPJ ought to put a clause in your contracts to keep you from taking players with you

It's Tech

December 8th, 2010
7:28 pm

GTfanForever

December 8th, 2010
7:37 pm

Just wondering…is ANYONE hoping to get a current ugag coach? Didn’t think so.

good point....

December 8th, 2010
7:41 pm

NOBODY EVER comes after a uga coach……they see what they do with all that talent in athens and say…..” no thanks!”……

collegeballfan

December 8th, 2010
7:42 pm

Sounds like it may be a done deal. If so, I wish him the best. Assistant coaches moving into head jobs is a compliment to both the head coach and the school. It has always been one of the measures of professionalism.

Tokyo jacket

December 8th, 2010
7:42 pm

GTfan, I’d take their recruiting coordinator! Other than that, no.

I hope Sewak does get another shot at being a head coach. It says something about Johnson if we were to lose yet another assistant to become a head coach. It would also give us an easy way to have only one line coach and add a special teams coordinator since the number of coaches you can have is limited.

Doug Roberson

December 8th, 2010
7:52 pm

I’m not sure how you get done deal out of that.

blazer

December 8th, 2010
8:35 pm

no one ever does go to the other place for coached-oops they don’t want to upset the promised land i guess!

JJ

December 8th, 2010
9:48 pm

Good luck to coach Sewak with the opportunity at ULL. He is an excellent coach. Georgia Southern made a huge mistake replacing him. Sewak won 71% of his games, but the folks down there were just determined to get another UGA coach put in there. Witness the failure of UGA’s Brian VanGorder, his 27% winning record at Southern, and subsequent slinking out of town with his mutt tail between his legs.

Stinger

December 8th, 2010
9:59 pm

I would not want UGA’s recruiting coordinator. He only recruits thugs.

Roger

December 8th, 2010
10:34 pm

Got to know Mike in the ‘Boro and his wonderful family,(where he got a raw deal ) Good luck on your choice Mike!

Biff Pocoroba

December 8th, 2010
11:59 pm

They can have Sewak if they take Hewitt in a package deal.

chuck

December 9th, 2010
12:31 am

Obviously he knows more than you do Doug

GT Rich

December 9th, 2010
8:35 am

So….when is Mike Bobo going to get offered another job? If AD’s watch his game tapes vs GT, he looks like a genius.

Let's All Boost Recruiting

December 9th, 2010
9:41 am

Congrats to Sewak and now for an idea whose time has come. Mac McWhorter O Line Coach just resigned at Texas. Coach Mac has GT ties from coaching before and most importantly was the key man for recruiting the State of GA because of relationships with high school coaches.

Another GT coach is in play too

December 9th, 2010
10:17 am

When Mullins bolts on Mississippi State, they will call CPJ because they are very comfortable in running his system and on and off over the last 30 years have run the option. I suspect that MSU has on campus at least two former HS options QBs playing safety or corner back.

CPJ will be bolting on GT and soon. He and his sytem are the perfect system for that school and it quenches his insatiable desire to compete and win in the BIG BOY Conference ……………..the SEC.

Every 4 years, GT has to hire a brand new staff …………..one way or other and this fits within that history.

Is it considered good news to leave GT for Div II ??

December 9th, 2010
10:22 am

What SEC coach hopes to leave that league to coach in some obscure out of the way program? I guess to the GT coaches ………………they consider that a move UP.

UL- Monroe or LSU. Let me think. I’ll take the MOnroe job or the UL- Lafayette job. GT coahces willt ake any job to leave GT.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA

PS: all GT coaches and fans think it is a sign of valor to lose by 8 than to lose ( and maybe kick a FG) by 1.

roughrider

December 9th, 2010
10:26 am

Didn’t Georgia Southern fire Sewak?

Let us look at their resume to be fair to both .......

December 9th, 2010
10:29 am

Bobo is the O co ordinator and has been at UGA in that job for about 3 or 4 years. He graduated less than 10 or 12 years ago. Frankly, if he left UGA, it would not bother me but I do want to make the comp. with Sewak.

Sewak’s resume is 27 years in the coaching biz. He has been a HC but only at a small school GSU. Now, he takes only a lateral move to a really down and out program??? The money must be about the same. Monroe, La. vs Atlanta metro area? Please.

Maybe they called Bobo and he said “I Pass”. He is making about $450,000 per year and the HC at UL-Monroe will make about $275,000. DUH !!!

Come on GT folks ……………thought y’all were more intelligent than that. Of course, you still have Paul Hewitt hanging around too, so um, ah, maybe not. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Eagle Creek

December 9th, 2010
11:09 am

“Before being the Eagles’ coach, he was the offensive coordinator from 1997-2001, calling the plays that led the team to two national championships.” Doug, surely you know PJ calls his plays. Coach Sewak is a great guy and coach but is a job at ULL a promotion?

Bob

December 9th, 2010
5:36 pm

Bring in Randy Shannon as our defensive coord.Recruiting woes are immediately solved.Kentucky is trying to lure him as their defensive coord but we can beat them.Randy is class guy great recruiter as we will have a direct pipeline to awesome Florida talent.Randy is highly respected as a defensive coach.BRING HIM TO TECH ASAP!!!!!

Bob

December 9th, 2010
5:37 pm

BRING IN RANDY SHANNON ASAP!!!!RECRUITING WOES ARE SOLVED AND WE GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL.DONT BE A FOOL PJ GET THIS DONE.

Bob

December 9th, 2010
5:38 pm

RANDY SHANNON GA TECH DEFENSIVE COORD!!!!!!!!!!!

Buzzilla

December 9th, 2010
11:36 pm

Roberson, you have proved me wrong. I think you are a great Tech beat writer. You’re sharp, insightful, and you let the facts tell the story. Hope you stick around a while. Thanks.

DaltonLegalEagle

December 10th, 2010
12:55 am

I have followed Coach Sewak and Coach Johnson since their Ga. Southern days and I am an 87′ graduate of the 6 time National Champion Ga. Southern University Eagles which has a current enrollment of 19,700 students, plays at the Division I level in ALL sports, but in football, plays in what is called FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, fka I-AA) where champions are crowned on the field in a 16 (now 20) team playoff, instead of the FBS (with emphasis on the B for BULL) or Football Bowl Subdivision where champions are crowned from a popularity contest of polls and computers and bs bowls.

I gave all of this background because a few of the posts showed apparent ignorance in calling Ga. Southern a small school or small football program. Operating a program at Ga. Southern is similar to operating a program at the Sun Belt or Conf. USA level, where the talent level, budget, scholarship level is very similar (there are 15 less football scholarships at FCS than FBS programs, but other than that, there are many similarities.)

Coach Sewak was a good coach at Ga. Southern and his reason for being let go was imo not due to his record, although we were losing in the first round of the playoffs consistently with him while we had previously been winning national titles under the Erk Russell and Paul Johnson eras. Coach Sewak was viewed by the President, AD, and some key alumni as being a good coach, but not a great one that had that special ability to take the program to the next level. He was not viewed as “genius” like Erk and PJ had proven to be. Yes, the program had been spoiled, but 8-3 and a first round loss on average for 5 years was not cutting it when there was no foreseeable change that Coach Sewak was capable of making to take the team further, either by his recruiting or by his leadership skills.

Also, the AD and some folks wanted to try and position Ga. Southern to be ready to move up to the FBS level (then I-A), and it was thought by that limited few that a big name like Brian Van Gorder who had been a successful Def. Coordinator at UGA was the kind of coach needed to take the school to the next level and move up to I-A. What happened instead was a disaster as BVG thought more of himself than anyone I’ve ever met. He constantly blamed others, including the players, for shortcomings, he totally dismantled every tradition at Southern, and he managed to take a talented team down to a 3-8 record when a blind man with no coaching training should have been able to post a 7 or 8 win season based on the talent level of the opposing teams. It has taken us the death of one legend (Erk), two Presidents, three coaches, four losing seasons, five years of misery, holding onto the legacy of six NCs in our first 16 years of modern era football, to move back toward the goal of our 7th NC this year.

Ga. Tech would do well to ensure that Coach PJ is happy and has all of the opportunity to meet the challenges in his career as he is a driven person who is always pushing himself and those around him to do better. The person who observed that the Miss. State program might intrigue PJ is wise to understand the challenge/opportunity that it could present PJ to compete at the SEC level with his brand of coaching and offense. Coaches with his kind of fire and ability don’t come around often. We are fortunate that one of his pupils, Coach Jeff Monken, has that same fire or “genius,” or the “it” factor as he is now leading us back to the forefront of FCS play.

Coach Sewak is a nice guy with good coaching skills, and ULL would be getting a fine person and coach. While he has never shown the “genius” or “it” factor yet, his only head coaching job was at Ga. Southern and he hasn’t had another opportunity to show what he can do. Remember, BVG is the supposed “genius” of defense who is now with the Atlanta Falcons, but he couldn’t perform well as a head coach.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Coach Sewak took them to winning seasons within 2-3 years. Coach Sewak in 2004 took a good but not great Ga. Southern team into Sanford Stadium when UGA was ranked #3 and hung 28 points on the Dawgs when BVG was there. While the final was 48-28, the 28 scored on the Dawgs was the most given up by their defense that year.

I wish Coach Sewak all the best. I have always been disappointed in my school for letting him go in the way that they did, I did not support it, and I am sorry that we had to endure all of the pain and rebuilding caused by the BVG train wreck.

On another note, the best college football team in the Peach State this year, will be playing Saturday against Wofford in the 3rd round of the playoffs. It would be nice to see the AJC cover it, and take a day or two off from the Dawgs and Bees (& Panthers). The thousands of Ga. Southern alumni and students in the metro Atlanta area, as well as fans of good football played on the field and not on a talk show or poll, would certainly appreciate the coverage. Go Eagles, One More Time!

DaltonLegalEagle

December 10th, 2010
12:56 am

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Jupiter

December 10th, 2010
7:20 am

In another year Giff will be unemployed and he’ll return as our recruiting coordinator. We need more skilled talent at every position. Why wouldn’t CPJ be busting down the door to the #1 & 2 & 3 backs in the country? “Kid, you can come rush for more than 4K yards, compete for the Hiesman, and be drafted in the 1st round… what’s there to think about?” I guarantee you I could recruit the #1 back in the country by myself. Additionally, I’d be traveling through Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, PA, Michigan, Illinois, etc.. looking for O-Linemen. Then I’d hit up the best Defensive guys by recruiting based strictly on the 3-4 scheme. NFL teams will draft a kid with knowledge of the 3-4 before anything else. That’s one of the reason Groh had so many GREAT defensive teams at VA.

Outsider

December 10th, 2010
8:35 am

Savannah Fan

December 10th, 2010
6:18 pm

See ya down the road Coach!