Pooch kicks: Dogs rumor mill working overtime

Kirby Smart

Kirby Smart

It’s getting kind of hard to keep up with all the folks rumored to be under consideration for Georgia’s defensive coordinator, and the fact is that much of this probably is pure speculation. Let’s see, so far I think the names I’ve heard the most are Bud Foster, Kevin Steele, Ellis Johnson, Kirby Smart, Dick Bumpas, Manny Diaz, Tommy Tuberville, Tyrone Nix, Bob Sanders and Brian VanGorder. And there are all sorts of unconfirmed reports of various names on that list being spotted in the vicinity of Athens.

Van Gorder, the former Georgia DC, says he’s happy with the Atlanta Falcons and isn’t interested in the UGA job, but Twitter rumormeister David Pollack, one of VanGorder’s former star players, isn’t buying it. Tweeted Pollack: “To everyone, VanGorder has a job so he can’t say he is interested. He is in the mix, believe it.”

Whether that’s true or not, I think Mark Richt and Damon Evans should scratch VanGorder off the list (if he’s on it) because a) he already quit this job once before and b) the guy changes jobs like some folks change cars. Even if VanGorder wanted to return to Athens, chances are if he were hired that we’d be doing this dance again in a year or two.

I still lean toward Alabama’s Smart, a former Georgia player, though I’m not sure what might lure him into a somewhat less than lateral move unless it’s the fact that as long as he’s working under Nick Saban, he’s not going to get the credit for the Tide’s defensive efforts. Saban reportedly doesn’t even let him talk to the press.

Still, it’d probably take major bucks to lure Smart. And Buck Belue thinks UGA should pay whatever it takes. Says Buck: “Why hitch the wagon to Smart? Because he’s the perfect fit. A Georgia guy. Studied defense under Saban. He’s young and energetic. He can recruit. This is a no-brainer. Go get him.”

Meanwhile, the well-connected Pollack, who tweeted Willie Martinez’s impending departure last weekend before the Tech game, says he’s hearing that assistant head coach/defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, the only survivor of Richt’s defensive coaching purge, is leaving on his own (as many have expected since he’s working without a contract). But, Pollack hedges, “I don’t know anything for sure.”

Odds are, though, that whoever is named Georgia’s new DC will have a clean slate to work with in terms of staff, and the Dogs will need a new recruiting coordinator.

OFF-FIELD PROBLEMS

The news that freshman defensive end Montez Robinson was arrested again Thursday in connection with an alleged fight with a female student, coming a few days after his arrest on an apparently related alcohol charge, adds perspective to those rumors back at midseason about the Indiana native being homesick and unhappy in Athens.

The facts in the case aren’t clear, since the alleged victim, Armita Didehvar, has told The Red and Black student paper that witness reports that Robinson slammed her into a trash can “are not true. … We just had an argument. Witnesses just blow things up.” But Robinson, who police believe also smashed the taillights of Didehvar’s car the night he was arrested for underage possesion of alcohol, obviously is a troubled young man who’s probably going to at least lose some playing time to suspension out of all this.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Robinson won’t be able to get back on track and have a successful playing career for the Bulldogs. But he needs to get his act straightened out. Any more trouble with the law and Richt ought to suggest he find another place to play football.

345 comments Add your comment

bh

December 4th, 2009
10:33 am

any word on bobo? i know he did not get canned, but i wonder if there was a “shape up or ship out” meeting with Richt? the play calling needs to be more aggressive as well.

GO DAWGS

December 4th, 2009
10:33 am

Ross Marshall

December 4th, 2009
10:35 am

I would love to see Johnson come to UGA, he has been a Spurier mainstay for years. Also, Tuberville would be a coupe. Smart is a good bet, he is young and inovative. Also, take a look at the NFL, there may be a D coordinator there who would like to have a great opportunity like this one.

GO DAWGS

December 4th, 2009
10:35 am

oh well not first…i think we need to look into the guy dick bumpas at tcu, if he can take that talent to make a solid defense he could do some great things for UGA.

bh

December 4th, 2009
10:36 am

man i hope Garner stays

Bryan G.

December 4th, 2009
10:37 am

I think Robinson is just going Elin Woods on someone.

odell thurman

December 4th, 2009
10:38 am

im interested in this position

F-105 Thunderchief

December 4th, 2009
10:38 am

Go get Kirby Smart. Richt is a better boss than Saban. Richt is liable to retire early to go into a ministry or something. He could set himself up to be the next head coach of his alma mater.

L-Dawg

December 4th, 2009
10:41 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!

IM A FAN OF KIRBY SMART!

30-24
1-8
60-39-5

WE RUN THIS STATE

Nottadawg

December 4th, 2009
10:42 am

I think Chris Ball of Washington State University would be an excellent choice for a defensive coordinator.

WHAT

December 4th, 2009
10:42 am

The only LATERAL move from Alabama to UGA is from being the AL WATER BOY to GA Defensive Coordinator!!! You folks are dummer than a box of rocks if you would ever even think coming from a NATIONAL PROGRAM to a second tier Regional program always finishing 2nd to Florida is lateral. Be for real!!!!

Fort Worth Dawg

December 4th, 2009
10:42 am

Isn’t Manny Diaz the UGA tennis coach? You put that in there to see if we’re reading the whole thing, right?

G8TR H8TR

December 4th, 2009
10:44 am

How about Pollack for to replace Fabris. He’s young, energetic and he would recruit well. He’s got the right background

perrine

December 4th, 2009
10:44 am

Travis Jones is a name I have heard a lot

Nottadawg

December 4th, 2009
10:45 am

Timm Rosenbach of New Mexico State would be a great replacement for Bobo at offensive coordinator.

Banker Dawg's Biological Pappy

December 4th, 2009
10:46 am

Rev. Richt has decided to suspend this young man for the beginning of the Independence Bowl or Papa John’s Bowl. By the beginning he means the National Anthem…

Bo Williams

December 4th, 2009
10:47 am

How about the big-time recruiter/defensive coordinator at UNC?

WHAT

December 4th, 2009
10:48 am

Lateral move from a football progarm with 12 National Championships & 21 SEC Championships!!! HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! FOOLISH!!!

Fort Worth Dawg

December 4th, 2009
10:49 am

If I were Kirby Smart I’d talk to UGA even if only to try and up my salary at Alabama. Saban will not be happy about it but right now they’re looking at the SEC Championship game and potentially the BCS Championship game, and Saban’s options are limited with respect to Smart. There’s a huge potential for Bama to pony up a big bag of cash to make the UGA issue go away quickly.

MarkTwain

December 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Why would Kirby Smart take the DC job at Georgia when he can continue to build his resume at Alabama and wait for Richt’s job? As long as Bobo is the OC, the DC job at Georgia is career suicide. Belue is right about Smart, he is the full package for Georgia. They will need to throw Muschamp money at him because that is the only way he should consider Georgia.

G8TR H8TR

December 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Hey “What”, that comment sounded like it came from a second-tier
ACC school located in Atlanta. Just guessing, but if you actually think UGA is what you said, the rocks comment would be a kind way to
describe you.

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
10:50 am

WHAT – after Saturday you guys will be second to UF again as well. Sorry but you guys have been irrelevant for many years until last year. Don’t get ahead of yourself. It won’t be long before Saban leaves and you guys are back to the bottom of the SEC.

Banker Dawg's Biological Pappy

December 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Yeah… Hire Pollack. He seems to tweet all of the right answers! I bet he could outcoach Lombardi, Saban and Carroll!!!

Drew Butler's All-American Trophy

December 4th, 2009
10:51 am

UGA’s offense next year will be pretty good, assuming the qb, whoever it is (my bet is AM) can go through a progression read of, 1. AJ Green, 2. Kris Durham (will be the possession receiver we lacked this year). 3. Orson Charles, 4. Da’Rick Rodgers…the Freak is AJ Jr, and once he gets his routes down, will be a star. 5. CWhite. 6. Marlon Brown…And we have two good RBs for next year and all but one of our 2 deep returning from our OL that came on at the end of the year.

Now, on to Bobo…his playcalling in the beginning of the year was like a kid in a toystore given everything to play with. If we got 80 offensive plays, it looked like he called 80 different plays. Later in the year, if someone couldn’t stop something, he kept going to it, most evidenced by the Tech game (hey Tech, we are about to run the ball up the middle, again.) I also was curious why when we would put Brandon Smith in, we didn’t send him long many times…his speed almost dictates a cb and a safety, but what do I know? We should have a ton of weapons next year and if we block like we did over the second half of the season, we will be good offensively.

Fair and Balanced

December 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Find the best – pay the money – win football games! Simple.

CHOMP

December 4th, 2009
10:54 am

How about pony up a HUGE bag of cash for “THE MAN URBAN MEYER”. That’s the only way UGA will ever finish any better that second in the SEC East as long as he is at Florida.

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
10:54 am

WHAT – when was your last SEC Championship and NC? That is what I thought. Just like a Bama fan to bring up the past.

G8TR H8TR

December 4th, 2009
10:55 am

Hey “What”, I keep seeing the comment about 12 National Championships.
Can you list the years that those happened, because I counted less when
I researched it. Are y’all counting the AP and Coaches poll in the asme year?

UGA Grad

December 4th, 2009
10:56 am

Mark it on your calender, 10/30/10 – Dawgs lose. 41-17

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
10:56 am

WHAT – Pretty sure UGA has won a couple SEC Championships since you guys last SEC Championship. Might want to stop talking now!

Will

December 4th, 2009
10:57 am

Dear UGA, you have plenty of money in the coffer….Now stop being cheap and go get Kirby Smart! He is the only guy that makes sense. And for all of you guys saying Tuberville is in the the mix are just plain stupid. Tuberville has coached a 13-0 team in the not too far past- He will never be another DC, so don’t ever announce his name again on a UGA blog. It’s embarrassing.

Simon is only a Simpleton

December 4th, 2009
10:57 am

Good stuff swirling around UGA about new incoming coaches and more to depart coaches. Face it gang, If Gardner leaves ……….so be it. We do not have t-a-l-e-n-t on the D side of the ball. HE IS THE D RECRUITER. Yes, Gino and Jeff and Kade were decent linemen but who have we recruited in the last2-3 years to come in an grow into their jobs??? We have De Angelo Tyson and Arbry Jones from Warner Robins and WHO ELSE??? Name one big time linebacker. Curran cost us the LSU game when Scott bulldozed him on the corner sweep, so let him go too. Reshad played ( finally ) one game that looked like he was IN the game. One game he has played well. One.
What is this all about? Recruiting has not BEEN up to snuff to compete in the UPPER echelon of the SEC. THis fact is why UGA bas been lousy ………….you can WIN BIG with well desgiend O schemes AND a GREAT D. With a lousy D and good O ………….you lose 5 per year.

Richt knows it NOW but it is two years too late. It will take 2 years to reload on D, maybe 3.

Goooooooooooooo Dogs.

WHAT

December 4th, 2009
10:57 am

12 National Championships & 21 SEC Championships COMPARED to Georgia’s how many? NATIONAL PROGRAM to second place for you uga fans.

coach smith

December 4th, 2009
10:58 am

you BAMA fans knocking Georgia answer me one thing….WHAT THE HELL HAS BAMA ACTUALLY WON?

some regualr season games?
NO Sec titles in 20 years …Georgia has 2 in 8 years
1 Bowl win in 4 years…Georgia has been to the Sugar bowl 2 times and wone it once in that time and won the Cpaital One and Chick-Fil-A in that time

Richt is 3-1 vs Bama and 1-1 since Saban got there

2 years ago Bama was 6-6 and lost AT HOME to ULM…nothing like that has happened to UGA

in the last 3 years Georgia is 28-10 w/3 bowl wins and #2 and #10 finish and Bama is 30-8 with one Independence Bowl win and one final ranking so far

Maybe you Bama fans should win something before crowing so loud

Bill King

December 4th, 2009
10:58 am

Manny Diaz is an up-and-coming DC at Middle Tennessee.

frank james

December 4th, 2009
10:58 am

I thought it was all settled. Jeff Schultz as DC, Mark Bradley as DE and Special teams coach and Terrence Moore as LB coach.

GW

December 4th, 2009
11:00 am

How bout we just quit with the speculation! It will likely be somebody we’ve never heard of. Like BVG in 2001.

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
11:01 am

WHAT – Half of you guys Championships are bogus! But I think UGA and Gator fans are happy for you guys. That is great that you guys use to be good a football and were able to win a bunch of championships years and years and years ago.

how2fish

December 4th, 2009
11:01 am

WHAT…really a National program??? BAMA..WTF??..if memory serves moron you guys haven’t even won a SEC championship since the 20th century..National this ! Loser! And Timmy Tebow will school you guys again tomorrow..National..LOL!

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 4th, 2009
11:02 am

Heres a little jingle for you Bill,

When its real,
when its real,
when its real,

You know that its real!!!

(((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))

Georgia will allwys dominate GT!!!

Jealous nerdy fools…

Yep!

December 4th, 2009
11:03 am

Simon is only a Simpleton – You are an idiot!

WHAT

December 4th, 2009
11:04 am

And, who has appeared in the last 2 SEC Championship Games???? It sure as hell hasn’t been the uga dogs,,,let it eat you dog fans!!! ROOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!

coach smith

December 4th, 2009
11:05 am

It is going to be KIRBY SMART

Georgia can and will pay more than Bama (yes Bama fans UGA makes and has waaaaay more money as a program)

Smart is a Bulldawg

Smart has been here before

Smart can get out from under Saban’s shadow and actually get credit for himself

Smart will be the DC at UGA

Bubba

December 4th, 2009
11:05 am

“Tuberville would be a coupe”

Nah, I think he’d be a sedan.

Kendawg

December 4th, 2009
11:05 am

It will be interesting to see if the AD at Georgia will approve enough money to hire a truly top-flight defensive coordinator. I know what he’s saying now, but let’s see what his actions are.

charles

December 4th, 2009
11:06 am

I get tickled with all of these fans of schools like Alabama claiming x number of National Championships. Truth is there has never been a national champion and there won’t be u8ntil a playoff system is put in place, The corruption in naming a national champion makes Washiongton look tame.

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
11:07 am

WHAT – It has gotten so bad a Bama that you guys are counting appearances in SEC Championship games. Because that is all you have as of late. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

coach smith

December 4th, 2009
11:07 am

WHAT

win one….actually win 2 and play for 3 before you even get to UGA’s level

G8TR H8TR

December 4th, 2009
11:07 am

Hey Bama fans, I did find a list showing Bama with 12 NC’s but guess
“What”? The last one was in 1992 and several were in the 1920’s and 1930’s. To further add credibility to your claim, I saw that Yale had 28 and Princeton had 26 going back into the 1800’s. Wow, those are
a couple of powerhouses alright.

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!

December 4th, 2009
11:09 am

Bill,

Have you noticed the increased amount of Vols and Gaytors (undercover nerds) that suddenly appear on your blog??? The geaks have been reborn!!!!

I now cast a level 2 charm spell on all fake Gaytors and Vols (coward nerdy fools)

(((((((((((((((((((((30-24)))))))))))))))))))))

Jealous nerdy fools

Georgia will allways dominate GT!!!