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

how2fish

December 4th, 2009
11:09 am

WHAT really ?? Only a BAMA fan would bring up a LOSS..my God the Bear is spinning in his grave! LOL Hey Mom we got to play in a game but we got BEAT..3 times in a row…Yep I’m counting tomorrow’s loss byt the Tide…might as well beat the crowd..

cajdawg

December 4th, 2009
11:09 am

It is a lateral move for K. Smart. If he wants a head position in the next few years, the UGA job would give him greater street cred- coaching without Saban holding his hand.

Also, moving to UGA has an added benefit- he can leave the state of Alabama.

WHAT

December 4th, 2009
11:10 am

ST. DAWG

December 4th, 2009
11:13 am

Ok CMR hers the answer to all your problems on defence…It would be a Smart thing to ask coach Smart,but i don’t think he will come!!You call Jon Gruden pay him what it takes and give him control of the Defence..Call David P. and make him D.line Coach…Coach Gruden is a wizard at Defence..and then when ever CMR decides to leave GA. you have your head coach already in place…!!ok time to sleep now worked all night…GOD BLEES Georgia!! Oh and almost forgot {{{30-24}}}

Simon is only a Simpleton

December 4th, 2009
11:14 am

All the talk about which school has more NC titles comes from unemployable high school drop outs that cheer for ANY SCHOOL that is in the top 4 or 5. They did not attend college or if they did it was likely a JC in south Atlanta or Perimeter College for 6 years and have earned one year worth of legit college credits. Their mom supports them. They pull for ANY school that is hot, because they think it MAKES THEM look good at their local mall. USC or Syracuse or Ohio State or Illinois, Oklahoma, or Bama or Florida or LSU or ANY SCHOOL that is hot. It is fun for them to “gig” a UGA or ANY GOOD school with a 7-5 or even a 10-3 record or short of the so called NC ……………..a loser school they say. Heck, that is easy ……….nothing invested in ANY school, so why not gig em??? Morons is what they are. Obamarons.

UGA is what it is and we grads LOVE the university for tons and tons of non football reasons, you idiots. Same is true with KY grads, Auburn grads and Ole Miss grades and MSU grads and others. We have INVESTED part of our lives. Family tradtions are fromed over decades. I am in my 60s and we party with our kids that are uGA folks. THIS IS WHY we bleed red and black or orange and blue or crimson and such. Tradition, FRIENDS and GREAT memories is what bonds TRUE UGA fans.

Uga, class of 71 & 73

PS You know, these idiots, so hung up on so called NC reasons to pull for a school. are the same morons that love Michael Vick, I suspect.

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
11:16 am

WHAT – Once again, we are all happy for you that BAMA use to be relevant when it comes to football. And Godzilla use to be a baby lizard!!!!!!!!

Pete

December 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Gator Fans get real!! I have many Florida friends and they are very nervous about our new coordinator and what it will mean in the coming years. Georgia will be back and if I had to bet with a ton of money thrown at him Smart could make the change. I understand that Sabin is a total dictator and the chance to return home and work for a decent boss may prove important.

L-Dawg

December 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Q: HOW MANY ALABAMA FANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB????

A: 101. 1 TO CHANGE THE BULB. THE OTHER 100 TO TELL YOU HOW GOOD THE OLD BULB WAS.

Mike S

December 4th, 2009
11:21 am

Why is it I get the feeling that Saint Simons has reinvented himself as WHAT.

nemov

December 4th, 2009
11:21 am

According to WHAT Yale and Princeton are better football programs.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 4th, 2009
11:22 am

Enter your comments here

Simon is only a Simpleton

December 4th, 2009
11:23 am

One last thing …………..to anyone over the age of 40, we remember Bear and his boys at Bama in the 60s and the 70s. Their names are lengedary to even UGA folks. If we lost to Alabama, our players went up to him to be near him and to speak to him like today’s moron Obamarons do. Bear at least had class and substance, unlike The JOKER and his W House social secretary.

goooooooooooooo Dogs.

GeoffDawg

December 4th, 2009
11:23 am

The irony of someone spelling “dummer” is classic. Way to represent your school WHAT.

dan

December 4th, 2009
11:25 am

Who is saying that Nick Saban is a bad boss? Is that just people’s perception or is that reality. Either way, Kirby clearly doesn’t mind working for him because this is his second stint with Saban after being with him in LSU. Personally I think Smart has a good thing going on at Alabama, and he only worked for Richt one season. Considering that he has been with Saban longer, is it fair to say that Smart prefers Saban’s style of management/running a program over Richt’s?

WHAT

December 4th, 2009
11:26 am

Stop making fun of me!

Bright Idea

December 4th, 2009
11:26 am

How much will the ATL CofC have to pay Alabama fans to get back on I-20 West Sunday morning? They’ll want to hang around til 2010 SECCG rather than go home.

PMC

December 4th, 2009
11:27 am

It’s kind of funny to read the boasting from Alabama fans when they were second class in their own state for 7 years.

Any coach can leave any job for any reason.

how2fish

December 4th, 2009
11:27 am

What all the past stats in the world can’t hid the FACT that in the 21st century BAMA has ZERO SEC championships and a EQUAL number of National championships !!! And Simon is only a Simpleton really nice post Sir…

mambo

December 4th, 2009
11:27 am

Montez Robinson needs to go! Its time to start showing that discipline and character are demanded by CMR.

Saint Simons' Ghost

December 4th, 2009
11:28 am

{{{{{{30-24}}}}}}
woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!

Johnny DangerDawg

December 4th, 2009
11:30 am

I’m a big fan of Rodney Garner, but his exit could be for the best. It would allow the new DC to have more input as to how he wants to assemble his new defensive staff. That makes the new DC job more attractive to potential candidates because the DC can bring in guys who understand his philosophy/system. Also, imagine being the new assistant coaches and you’re all supposed to be equals but Garner’s been at the job for many years and is much closer to Richt. Awkward situation. That could make guys uneasy.

Saint Simons' Ghost

December 4th, 2009
11:31 am

Simon is only a Simpleton – you are a simpleton as well.

Catfish Suppa

December 4th, 2009
11:32 am

Oh Coach Saban is a real nice boss w/ a real purty mouth

Matt Drudge

December 4th, 2009
11:32 am

Any truth to the rumor that two nights ago a certain DC coordinator for one school and a head coach of another shared a pizza at the Mellow Mushroom on University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.

Dandy Don

December 4th, 2009
11:32 am

I agree with ole Buck, the “Get Smart” defense should be a done deal. Have to give up the big bucks, but its worth it in the long run. Go DAWGS

SuperB

December 4th, 2009
11:33 am

Richt needs to pay Rodney Garner whatever it takes to keep him. If Rodney leaves for a DC position, and that’s the speculation, it won’t be at a school that can win the national chamnpionship– like Georgia.

Also, Belue is correct– ‘GET SMART!

J-Mac

December 4th, 2009
11:33 am

WHAT almost makes me want to root for UF on Saturday… Maybe someone had a good point in talking about we should root for the SEC East. Hey WHAT… you sound like a GA Tech fan, bringing up the last two years for “proof of your dominance”. What have you guys done in the last 20 years?!?!? NOTHING… Saban will leave you guys just like he did LSU and Miami

Cuz

December 4th, 2009
11:34 am

One thing you can say about Bama fans, they make it easier to pull for Florida.

Bamastan not included.

TidePrideGA

December 4th, 2009
11:36 am

Coach Saban has been very complementary of what Kirby has done this year. He’s said it on numerous occasions. The fact is that Smart appreciates what Saban has done for him. And he rewards that with loyalty. That’s why I don’t see Kirby going back to UGA

exNFLplayer

December 4th, 2009
11:37 am

It seems now that the signs are pointing to Kirby Smart. I was intrigued to see Bud Foster’s name in the mix. Ellis Johnson would work. Whoever it is will have to be a master recruiter in light of the Garner rumors.

Bremen Dawg

December 4th, 2009
11:37 am

Pay Kirby $750.000, and bring him in. We want a freaking NC is Athens, pay the best what they want and lets bring home a NC, we have the players, we just need the coaches. Alabama fans kind of hid in the closest through a decade now they out again. Won’t be long till Niki Satan leaves.

Dawg Foot

December 4th, 2009
11:39 am

Kirby needs a new mop top.

Paul's Johnson

December 4th, 2009
11:39 am

No program has a more exaggerated sense of its place in the universe that Mutt U. I’ve been chuckling all week at this list of big names that the Mutleys think they can bring to the Classic City.
Comical. Bringing in a “big name” hired gun to run the defense is a sign of decline in an established program. My bet is that Richt will bring in somebody that most people have never heard of.

Knowing Dawg

December 4th, 2009
11:39 am

I hear last week Richt got a blank check so maybe we can get some of the contract issues out of the way with Garner & pay what it’s going to take get & keep some good coaches.

Dawg Foot

December 4th, 2009
11:42 am

Anyone see St. Simons around or did he drive his car off in the ocean?

dawgrific

December 4th, 2009
11:44 am

bama has 2 decent seasons, with one ruined by UTAH by the way, and now they are all high and mighty again-how quickly some idiots forget

ToccoaDawg

December 4th, 2009
11:46 am

a new D coordinator , Pollock for D line coach and the Butler did it for special teams coach. Evans need to pony up the money to make it happen.

TidePrideGA

December 4th, 2009
11:50 am

Pay Kirby $750.000, and bring him in. We want a freaking NC is Athens, pay the best what they want and lets bring home a NC, we have the players, we just need the coaches. Alabama fans kind of hid in the closest through a decade now they out again. Won’t be long till Niki Satan leaves
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You would like to believe that. Saban isn’t going anywhere, he’s building a monster in Tuscaloosa. Funny but we’ve been to exactly the same amount of SECCG’s as you guys have in the same 10 year period.

Tony

December 4th, 2009
11:52 am

Charlie Weis is the perfect fit. His head coaching days are over and he is an excellent recruiter!

NCGator!

December 4th, 2009
11:52 am

TidePrideGA – And how many have you won? Like I said before. You know it is bad when BAMA fans are pointing out appearances instead of wins.

PMC

December 4th, 2009
11:53 am

Any truth to the rumor Mark Mangino is coming in as health coach?

PMC

December 4th, 2009
11:53 am

Hire Dick Lebeau.

Delbert D.

December 4th, 2009
11:54 am

According to Jim Donnan on 680theFan yesterday, Dick Bumpas doesn’t run the defense, so he should not be considered for a lateral move DC job.

NCAA

December 4th, 2009
11:54 am

According to What’s criteria for claiming national championships, Vanderbilt has 5, Kentucky has 4, Mississippi State has 2, and South Carolina has 1.

H

December 4th, 2009
11:54 am

Don’t get too excited about the new DC. As long as BOBO’s offense turns the ball over at our 15 yard line, we’re going to give up points.

Dawg Fud

December 4th, 2009
11:56 am

Bill,

Reggie Herring, LB’s Coach at Dallas Cowboys. He will be in the mix.

Staffordinfection

December 4th, 2009
11:57 am

Simon is a simpleton . . . I can only assume that you are simon. As a UGA grad, please do not lump me in with your lot. It is rednecks like yourself that give other dawg fans a bad name, so please keep your Obama and Vick inferences off this board, it just makes you sound old, racist and stupid. P.S. We DO have the talent on defense, and the kids name is ABRY Jones.

Delbert D.

December 4th, 2009
11:57 am

PMC – Don’t know about “health coach”. That would be hilarious. He would be a good OC, as he was assistant coach of the year in 2000 when the Sooners won the mythical national championship. His personal traits would be a good balance to those of Mark Richt.

kauai dawg

December 4th, 2009
11:58 am

“Get Smart” is a “Mission Impossible”. He is staying at Bama.

Richt will find a character guy for sure.

I don’t want to see Garner go, he does so much for the players, ie Thanksgiving meals. He is like a dad to many of the players.

I don’t think Richt planned this yet I hope he has the plan and the persons he is interested in. Go DAWGS!

How Bout em

December 4th, 2009
11:59 am

We’ve taken the annual recruiting rankings on Rivals.com from 2005 to 2009, averaged them for each team, and come up with our own recruiting rankings. Based on re­cruiting alone — yes, we know there are other factors — there are expec­tations for on-field performance this season.
Here’s who is meeting them, beating them, or missing them so far:

How the SEC should look —
It’s not that different, based on the recruiting averages. Flor­ida and Alabama should be on a collision course for Atlanta
But there are a few caveats.

Georgia should be challeng­ing Florida for the East title, not challenging to become bowl eli­gible.
The underachievers —

Start with USC. The Trojans won two recruiting national ti­tles, finished in the recruiting top 10 all five years and signed more five-star prospects (21) than Alabama and LSU com­bined. Yet losses to Washington and Oregon knocked Pete Car­roll’s Trojans out of the national hunt.

USC certainly isn’t alone. Georgia is trying to stay at .500 despite the fourth-best crop over the same period.