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

Delbert D.

December 4th, 2009
12:43 pm

unbiased volfan – Let’s go ahead and make “Fulmer” one of those noun-to-verb words. Like, “Maryland is going to Fulmer Ralph Friedgen if he doesn’t win next year.” That would apply to long-established coaches who have let the program slip.

Ed

December 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

For the second time I’ve read on this site that Kirby Smart’s hiring at Georgia would be less than a lateral move for Smart. Historically, that’s true. But if you’re counting the last 10 years or so, I’d have to disagree. Alabama was pretty mediocre as recently as ‘07 and was considered inferior to Georgia as recently as the day of the ‘08 game.

TidePrideGA

December 4th, 2009
12:44 pm

TIDE AMNESIA??? Ok, Go SEC…but these Tide fans are crawling from under the woodpile after a 10 year hibernation…how quickly they forget just how bad they were from 2000 thru 2006 they went 46-40!! Mike Dubose’s last season went 3-8…Francione 17-8 and went to Texas A&M…then STRIPPERGATE – Mike Dubose made Bama the laughing stock of college football…then Shula was an impressive 26-23…first year Saban was 7-6…be humble my friends, what goes around comes around!! Go Dawgs!!

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No doubt we had our lean times, all programs do. I am very respectful to UGA and the program Richt has built. I think he will get it back on track. I just love Bama like you love UGA.. No disrespect intended.

AUBURN

December 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Also, UGA can keep dreaming if they think Muschamp is coming. For crying out loud, he’s got the HC job already locked at TEXAS. Anyone who thinks he’d leave for a DC spot ANYWHERE is insane.

Cumberland

December 4th, 2009
12:45 pm

Any truth that Damon Evans and Tommy Tubberville were seen eating burgers at the Blind Pig yesterday.

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

TO TIDE PRIDE

December 4th, 2009
12:47 pm

Okay caps off for you Bammer. Yeah, yeah we did lose to Kentucky. I can accept it. I’ll be the first one to tell you Georgia sucks this year. They’ll bounce back, but at least Kentucky isn’t a mountain west team. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. The point is, you want to talk junk about Georgia being in the Independence Bowl this year, (we haven’t been since 1991!), that’s fine. But understand your “down years” will be thrown right back at you.

#1DawgFan

December 4th, 2009
12:48 pm

The thing that I find so funny on these Dawg blogs is the fact that we must really be a GREAT program because we always seem to get the bama fans, gator fans, tenn fans, SC fans and just about any other team you care to mention. I NEVER go to another teams blog and never will so why don’t you fans that are not DAWG fans take your A$$ to your blog !!!!

dawgfacedboy

December 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

By the way, how can we be sure that Saban isn’t actually the brains behind the D??

Ed

December 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

You’re probably right about Tuberville, AUBURN, but who knows, maybe he misses coaching and doesn’t have any decent head coaching offers at this time. In that case a few good years as the Georgia DC might help restart his career.

santa cruz dawg

December 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

What? Get a clue
Smart will make up his own mind, never the less we will get someone great. UGA has the funds and Richt is a great boss, just look how many coaches stay long term with him.

Delbert D.

December 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

Carrying the nutty idea further, hire Tuberville as DC and Spurrier as OC.

What the Huck!

December 4th, 2009
12:49 pm

For all of you non-literate Alabama fans out there, Bill King said that it would be a “less than lateral” move, aknowledging the fact that you have a superior program at the present time. And if you want to talk aboy ancient history as well. But remember that things can change in a hurry–in both directions. Two years ago Bama was 6-6 and lost to La. Monroe….but my purpose is not to bash the Tide, with whom I have no quarrel, but to exlplain why Kirby Smart would consider a lateral move. For one thing, it is just like Bear Bryant said when he left Texas A & M after pledging to be there “forever.” “Mama called.” There is a lot to be said for coming home to your Alma Mater. Kirby is also married to a former Georgia basketball player. There ties to Athens are certainly stronger than their ties to Tuscaloosa, no matter how much he might like Dreamland’s ribs. Secondly, as long as he is Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator, Saban will get credit for the sucess of teh defense. Thirdly, Saban is a hard man to work for. Richt is anything but. Even though Smart is on his third stop with Saban his overbearing personality could be wearing thin. And Smart is not among the highest paid coordinators in the conference so if we are serious about upgrading the program we coiuld make him a financial offer he couldn’t refuse.
And to my Alabama friends, if you don’t beat Florida tomorrow Georgia’s second-tier program will have played for as many BCS titles as you have this decade and will have won two more SEC Championships….and I believe our head-to-head record since Richt arrived is 3-1. We have the 3.

Nota mutt

December 4th, 2009
12:51 pm

Alert Alert Alert…….another mutt just got arrested. Charges are being determined. If none ….it is good for the police to keep in practice!!

TidePrideGA

December 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

Okay caps off for you Bammer. Yeah, yeah we did lose to Kentucky. I can accept it. I’ll be the first one to tell you Georgia sucks this year. They’ll bounce back, but at least Kentucky isn’t a mountain west team. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. The point is, you want to talk junk about Georgia being in the Independence Bowl this year, (we haven’t been since 1991!), that’s fine. But understand your “down years” will be thrown right back at you.

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Well I would be happy to throw any down years you have had right back in your face. No doubt we have had our lean years, but Saban has done a nice job in his three years in T-Town. I for one anticipate the rivalry with you guys to only get better. After all the only thing that really matters is beating that cow college on the other end of the state.

zorba

December 4th, 2009
12:52 pm

Smart and Pollack = dynamic energetic duo. Bring ‘em on board!

kauai dawg

December 4th, 2009
12:53 pm

In case your wondering. Richt is not following these blogs for his guidance. He is much smarter than that. He will do the right thing so just trust him. Tough week on him letting good men and friends go so just give him a chance to catch his breath and you will be proud. Go DAWGS!

AUBURN

December 4th, 2009
12:53 pm

Where were all these bama fans from 1997-2006? I didn’t see or hear a word from them. All of the sudden they’re everywhere as if nothing happened.

PDAWG

December 4th, 2009
12:53 pm

This is exciting!!! I think that this firing and now hiring has the potential to do great great things for the Dawgs. Changing the old guard on D sends a big message of change. It gives us the chance to get a coordinator with some credibility, and the ability to come in and shake things up. I have been off the Richt wagon for the last two years, but no one can deny this guys ability to recruit out of the south. I think we are getting the best of both worlds with this change. I think TCUs Dick Bumpas would be perfect for the job. He is so innovative and given the chance to work with the athletes UGA attracts would be a dream. One of the things Bumpas is heralded for doing is turning running backs that aren’t seeing the field into excellent players on the defensive side of the ball (we have plenty of backs that would make great candidates). I say bring in Bumpas, let him turn Samuel into a D-End, and lets go put the hurt on some folks next year.

TSteaks

December 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

I’ll take the job as DC. There are only four things the players need to be taught and we’re back on track:
1. Put your arms around they guy to tackle him.
2. If your job on a play is to stay at home, then stay at home.
3. If you’re a saftey, then their is no one else behind you, so don’t let a receiver by you.
4. The reveiver isn’t covered if you are 10 yards away from him.

bamadawg

December 4th, 2009
12:54 pm

TidePrideGA…OK, I just get beat up in Orange Beach from all the Bama and Auburn fans and damn gator fans living so clsoe to PCola… As a true Dawg, I have to pull for Bama in the SECCG and in the National Title game…good luck…beat them Gators!

KennesawDAWG

December 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

If Coach Gardner left that would mostly suck! Does anyone know where Coach G is thinking about going?? What defensive recruits would we loose? Robey? Rogers? MORE??

DawgKnowsBest

December 4th, 2009
12:57 pm

I just hope Bama wins tomorrow so I don’t have to pull for Florida in the Championship again. I still have a bad taste in my mouth from last year.

richard cranium

December 4th, 2009
12:58 pm

Can the new coach keep UGAg players out of jail..??

unbiased volfan

December 4th, 2009
1:00 pm

Heard Garner to Memphis or Louisville as DC…just rumors though

CatsFly

December 4th, 2009
1:00 pm

My sources tell me there has been serious contact with the “Big Daddy” defensive assistant HC at UNC who was such a great recruiter of defenses at OKlahoma and who recruited Marvin Austin and the other big-time defensive players now on UNC’s team. Anyone else heard this?

Nuscrypt

December 4th, 2009
1:01 pm

David Pollack needs to be a coach at UGA! DT, DE, or LB, it doesn’t really matter. In a few years, when Kirby Smart is hired away from UGA to be the new head coach at Tennessee, Auburn, or LSU, Pollack will be the new DC for the Dawgs and eventual replacement for HOF and multi time national champion head coach Mark Richt.

TSteaks

December 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

For the new coach to keep players out of jail, we will need to Make Sonny Purdue the DC. Pardons before every practice.

Bo Williams

December 4th, 2009
1:03 pm

The defensive guru at UNC is Coach Blake. He has been called by some analysts as the best recruiter in America. I hear he is loyal to Butch, but his name was linked with the NY Giants or some other team last season. It would be a big-time “git” for UGa.

George G.

December 4th, 2009
1:05 pm

The fact that Georgia fans even throw Tuberville’s name into that mix is mind-boggling. That’s like saying that Charlie Weis is going to go to LSU to become a WR Coach. It’s beneath him, and if you all weren’t such mindless homers, you’d realize that.

jack bull

December 4th, 2009
1:06 pm

i believe most on here have forgotten how much turmoil it causes when a coach is let go and when a new one is hired. most thought we could just get rid of willie and fabs and it be done with… not the case.. rodney is gone, as well. and this, will hurt,,BAD!!! kids love him, he takes them in as his own. he’ll probably end up at auburn or tenn, and out recruit us year in and year out…

no matter who we get, it will take a couple of years to get things straight, and i hope everyone is happy with that…especially if it’s smart, who runs the 3-4, instead of the 4-3 that we’ve been doing for so many years…i just dont see brandon wood or deangelo tyson being big enough to be a nose guard…

but, like last years election, everyone wanted change, and there’s always a 50-50 shot at it being worse than it was…just a thought…

GO DAWGS…

bamadawg

December 4th, 2009
1:06 pm

Delbert D.—–Carrying the nutty idea further, hire Tuberville as DC and Spurrier as OC
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LMAO…you the man!

also “Nuscrypt ” you got it dead on!!! Please let this happen!!

Bogie

December 4th, 2009
1:07 pm

Hire anything in the universe as DC, even an ole hog, but don’t hire Tuberville….what a real looser!

MR had collected a group of friends to coach around him and that is always a bad idea…!

Hope there are more changes to come

mike addington

December 4th, 2009
1:07 pm

I’d be surprised to see anyone with good credentials coming to GA after Mark richt’s obivious faults coming to light. First, he had to figure out clock management, then it took him 7 years to teach receivers how to catch the football–anybody want to argue we would have won the NC in Greenie’s years if the receivers had just caught half of his passes. Now it’s take Richt 4 years to figure out Martinez and gang couldn’t coach. Richt is too slow to keep up with the rest of the SEC EAst. Sorry to say, I used to like the guy but the evidence is plain to see. I do think ol’ Pollack might be a good addition to the staff if we could keep him and Richt from hugging each other all day. He would at least add some fire to the fight.

Don Foltz

December 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

Coach Garner has been the most valuable member of Coach Richt’s staff and it would be a big loss what with his recruiting ability. Really hope he stays.

bamadawg

December 4th, 2009
1:09 pm

Rodney Garner will be the new HC at KSU when Dooley gets the program started next year and then move on to a big time HC position as he turns out a winning program…He can also develop talent for UGA at a sister university…maybe???

jack bull

December 4th, 2009
1:09 pm

i know for a fact that tuberville didn’t put in much time at the office when he was the HC, much less a DC.. throw his name off the list..along with bumpas, he’s not going anywhere..

Dostoyevskiy

December 4th, 2009
1:10 pm

I don’t think UGa could lure Blake away from UNC. They can pay me as much as UGa, and his current outstanding defensive players are underclassmen. They look to be even much better on defense next year than this year. This is all just my opinion obviously.

MarkTwain

December 4th, 2009
1:12 pm

Bama fans- don’t expect Saban to match a 750,000+ offer for Smart. He’ll let him go and develop another young and hungry. Georgia fans- I will be shocked if Georgia spends this kind of money because they never have before (but should). I’m not as familiar with Georgia’s financial situation, but that Forbe’s article last year about Bama’s financial picture and the money Saban brought in was unbelievable. Hard to imagine Georgia is much better than that. If anybody has actually seen Kirby working up close like I have, you tell me where Georgia is going to fill the disciplinarian role. Kirby recruits, teaches, and motivates the hell out of kids, but Richt cannot be the “bad cop” role that Saban is to Kirby.

jack bull

December 4th, 2009
1:12 pm

not many great players make great coaches…probably can count them on one hand..they get too frustrated when guys don’t/can’t produce like they once did…

Dawg Nation

December 4th, 2009
1:15 pm

ONLY DIFFERENCE B/T UGA AND BAMA IS THAT WE LOOSE TO GATORS DURING THE SEADON YOU LOOSE TO THEM AT THE END OF THE SEASON. GO DAWGS!!

Say It Ain't So.

December 4th, 2009
1:16 pm

Chris Ball of Washington State University is thinking about an offer to come to the UGA

mike addington

December 4th, 2009
1:22 pm

what I heard, and maybe Pollack can verify, is that the reason BVG left was that he gave Richt an ultimatum that either Martinez had to go or he (BVG) was leaving.

how2fish

December 4th, 2009
1:23 pm

TidePrideGA I agree Coach Saban and your guys going 12-0 TWO years in a row is a Hell of a great job of coaching…however until you win AT least the one SEC championship and fix that pesky little problem of getting blown out by UTAH…please just stop with the National Power crap..again win and then talk and I promise we will be listening when you do….Hell I let the Gators spew..because they have earned the right.and that pains me to no end.

TSteaks

December 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

MarkTwain, to fill you in on UGA’s financial situation, it is one of only about five athletic departments in the country that make money overall versus loosing money. They can afford to pay, but what they are willing to pay remains to be seen.

Brucemac

December 4th, 2009
1:26 pm

Just so all you Bammers understand, Saban cannot keep coaches no matter what the talent or status. The reason is he abuses his coaches and is an arrogant ego maniac. Kirby Smart will run to Athens if the money is right. CMR knows how to treat people.

Decatur Boy

December 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

Anybody that talks bad about Mike Bobo simply has no clue what they’re talking about. It’s simply stupid to blame the turnovers on the coach. That’s plain idiotic. I read some research that showed that as bad as things may seemed, the Dogs had the most effiecient offense in the SEC in 2009. Our offense will be fine with so much experience and talent returning.

St. Simons Police Dept.

December 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

The St. Simons, Ga., Police Department is seeking the public’s help in a missing persons case. An unidentified individual wearing black hosiery and yellow fright wig was spotted hurling himself off the Downtown Pier shortly before midnight on the night of Nov. 28, 2009. Passers-by reported the “man” as screaming “45-42!” shortly before hitting the water. If any member of the public has information that would help in finding this person, please keep it to yourself.

TidePrideGA

December 4th, 2009
1:31 pm

TidePrideGA I agree Coach Saban and your guys going 12-0 TWO years in a row is a Hell of a great job of coaching…however until you win AT least the one SEC championship and fix that pesky little problem of getting blown out by UTAH…please just stop with the National Power crap..again win and then talk and I promise we will be listening when you do….Hell I let the Gators spew..because they have earned the right.and that pains me to no end.

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I understand, no disrespect intended. I just don’t think Smart will leave Bama. I think that he is very loyal to Saban for giving him the shot he has. He has Alabama connections, his dad is originally from Dothan. I know he is married to a former UGA athlete. I have just heard too much stuff about some of the issues that went on when he was here in 05. I think Richt and Smart are completely opposite philosophy wise and that led to trouble.

joe

December 4th, 2009
1:32 pm

BOOBOO is NOT going anywhere. When your father-in-law is vince dooley do you think for a minute richt will fire him?? richt is gutless. He fears loss of his job.

The call by BOOBOO in the tech game on 3rd down would have been disatrous. As it was, we had to kick a field goal. Why not keep running wiley and king??

BOOBOO is out of his league. And we all know why he is where he is.

I am surprised we have not heard derrick dooley’s name for something. dooley is gone–let him stay gone.

He was not all that great a coach.

Urban Meyer to NFL?...

December 4th, 2009
1:34 pm

This rumor is the one everybody believes the most–he’s headed to the NFL without Timmy Tebow, CBS Sports says so:
http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/12585042/meyer-going-to-nfl-believe-it-numbskulls