Bulldog Nation plays waiting game

Like sands through the hourglass …

As Mark Richt’s search for a defensive coordinator crawls along like a TV soap opera, Dog fans must do something they’re not generally known for: exercise patience.

Each week seems to bring another hot name to the fore who then milks Georgia’s interest in him for a raise from his current employer. Such is the coaching game.

The consensus media view now seems to be that Kirby Smart’s statement at a press conference Sunday that “it’s been great having these players and doing this” at Alabama and “I’m looking forward to it next year” pretty much indicates he’s taken himself out of the running for the UGA job.

Well, maybe. We still don’t have a definitive statement from Smart. He hasn’t said flatly that he’s staying at Alabama. He hasn’t said he’s not coming to Georgia. That may simply mean he’s still negotiating his new deal with Nick Saban. But we don’t know.

Perhaps that means Richt will end up hiring his new DC from the ranks of NFL assistants. But it wouldn’t surprise me a bit for his ultimate choice to be someone in the college game whose name has yet to rise to the top of the rumor circuit.

Tim DeRuyter (Air Force Academy)

Tim DeRuyter (Air Force Academy)

Here’s one possibility: All along, one of my brothers’ friends has been touting Tim DeRuyter, the DC at Air Force for the past three seasons. His rationale: DeRuyter’s defense ranked 11th nationally this season in total defense and scoring defense, and his pass defense was ranked fifth. He’s known for aggressive defenses with a lot of takeaways. And that’s at Air Force.  Imagine what he could do with SEC caliber players.

Now Buck Belue has climbed aboard the DeRuyter bandwagon, noting in his blog: “Air Force played some great defense this season. Just ask Houston. The Cougars and that big-name QB [Case Keenum] got 14 points and dude threw 6 interceptions in their bowl game loss to Air Force. Why does this matter here in Atlanta? The Air Force defensive coordinator might end up in Athens.”

I have no idea whether DeRuyter is on Richt’s list of potential defensive coordinators or not. But if Smart really is saying no to Richt, someone like the Air Force coordinator just might surge to the front of the pack.

LADY DOGS EQUAL BEST START

Kudos to Andy Landers’ undefeated basketball Lady Bulldogs, who came from behind Sunday to beat Alabama 52-44 and improve their record to 14-0, matching the best start in the program’s history  achieved by the 1998-99 Final Four team.

The No. 9-ranked Lady Bulldogs rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit in Tuscaloosa to outscore the Crimson Tide 32-14 in the second half, opening the half with a 15-0 run and holding Alabama scoreless for the first 9:33 of the second half.

Landers’ team returns to Stegeman Coliseum for a two-game homestand this week, hosting Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Florida at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The game with the Gators will be televised on ESPNU.

138 comments Add your comment

dawstephen

January 4th, 2010
11:43 am

The longer Kirby just says “I am Happy at Bama” and does NOT deny the UGA job, then the more likely it is he is still a candidate.

NC Dawg

January 4th, 2010
11:46 am

dawgstephen

January 4th, 2010
11:47 am

I do not think it is very likely by the way that the job is going to Kirby, I just wish he would make a definite statement saying so.

All the rumors that I keep getting from my sources say it IS Kirby, so the longer it drags on, the more likely it is they are right.

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Hunting Dawg

January 4th, 2010
11:48 am

Speculation, Speculation, Speculation…. What a wonderful time to be a patient Bulldawg fan!!!!

Spike

January 4th, 2010
11:50 am

I, for one, will be glad when this is over. Who is going to hire Mike Leach?

UGADawg83

January 4th, 2010
11:53 am

Fort Worth Dawg

January 4th, 2010
11:54 am

Who was/were the UGA flaming baton twirlers at the Independence Bowl? Have they done flaming batons in Athens? Can you get a quote from them – the routine was really cool.

There are quality coaches in NFL,NCAA ranks

January 4th, 2010
11:56 am

I think that this AF guy may do well with disciplined kids but at UGA? Our kids lack ANY of that.

Maybe he could instill that in UGA’s men and maybe that is why he would ultimately be a great choice. It starts with desire, then talent. Without desire ( see UGA’s # 9 ) then you have lethargy, which is where UGA has been on D for about 4 or 5 years.

If Richt posts another 6-5 or 8-5 year, then it will not matter who his coach is. He is nearing the end, unless he can resurrect the program to the level that HE installed in his early days at UGA> All or nothing now with Richt in 010-11. The fans have had enough. Period. Period. Win and win now, like 9-3 ,plus a nice Outback Bowl or better to a 10-2 or 11-1 type year plus a major bowl on every thrid or fourth year. If Richt wins big in 011, he is retiring anyway, I am sure.

Go Dogs. On O in 2010 we should be oustanding, as A Murray has been in the system for two full practices rounds by the end of 010 summer camp and therefore he KNOWS that system. Besides, he is a complete QB and Jumping Joe Cox was only a plodder if he had to run. Murray can run aand he can pass.

GeoffDawg

January 4th, 2010
11:57 am

It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s not commenting given that their game against Texas is right around the corner. The fact that he’s not categorically denying it does however leave the door open a crack….or it could mean nothing at all.

Even if it isn’t Smart, I think we can all agree that we’re likely to see a significant DC upgrade next season which is something to which I’m certainly looking forward.

Sam

January 4th, 2010
12:00 pm

While the USAFA DC sounds good, one also needs to examine the MWC (and I live out here) to see if the defense is that great or they just faced weak offenses. Where do the offenses they played against rank nationally?

Also, while it is true he achieved that with Air Force kids, he also would be facing SEC athletes on the other side of the ball.

The following are total offense rankings (http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/ncaa-m-footbl-fbs-team-total-offense.html).

Minnesota 109
New Mexico 103
San Diego St 86
Navy 77 (surprised by that one)
TCU 5
Wyoming 107
Utah 54
Colorado St 79
Army 117
UNLV 78
BYU 23
Houston 1

Does not look like they faced a lot of high powered offenses.

Don Gill

January 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

How about David Pollack?

UGA 2010

January 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

Here’s hoping we get SMART!!!

Glenn

January 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

I just cant see Kirby staying a DC long before he gets a shot a a head coaching job. Why bother with him. I like Air Force’s defense for one but mostly just leaving it up to CMR. I trust him.

Sam

January 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

BTW, just for comparison, UGA faced the following offenses:

UF 8
Tech 12
Auburn 18
Ark 22
UT 60
Okie State 70
SC 82
ASU 89
UK 92
Vandy 110
LSU 112 (my gosh, that is horrible)
Texas A&M 6

Sam

January 4th, 2010
12:08 pm

People, stop the Pollack nonsense. He has never coached to begin with and you want him to be the DC. Martinez has years of coaching experience and could not get it done.

Bryan G.

January 4th, 2010
12:12 pm

We probably have a better chance at Maxwell Smart at this moment.

Frank Lane

January 4th, 2010
12:19 pm

I think the Air Force guy would be a great choice, perhaps better than smart. Let’s see how Bama does against Texas. I have been very disappointed in the SEC in a number of the bowl games so far. Certainly Chavis at LSU did noting to distinguish itself. The bad turf killed team speed, but that should have given the defense a chance to shut Penn State down.

bbdawg

January 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

I know it is football, football, football for most Dawg fans and it is for me too. However, I am excited about the Lady Dawgs. If they continue to play like they have so far, with a liitle luck, maybe they can get Andy’s first NC. They deserve better support than they get. Everyone ought to plan to see them at least once this year. Also, I think they deserve more TV time. I also think Fox, may get us excited in another year or two. I also like the idea of the
AF DC.

ARdawg

January 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

Bill, I like ya buddy but, this is about as nothing as a column I’ve ever seen you write on the Dawgs. If DeRuyter was a candidate, Belue and his big mouth probably just blew it for him. Why people continue to quote Belue is beyond me. He is about as significant as Saint Simons and about as loyal to Bulldog Nation.

Kirby Smart isn’t “out” of the fray until a DC has been named. Seems to me quite logical why the search continues, Kirby hasn’t coach his last game for the year.

Columbusdawg

January 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

If Kirby doesn’t come, so be it. But Tyrone Nix is sitting there in Oxford (or does he have some monster contract that we won’t buy out?).

BILL KING LOOKS FUNNY

January 4th, 2010
12:25 pm

Bill King is the funniest looking Muppet Character ever!!!

L-Dawg

January 4th, 2010
12:36 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BILL, AND TO ALL DAWG FANS ON THE BLAWG

AS THE COX ERA CAME TO A SATISFYING END, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THIS OFFSEASON AND THE UPCOMING YEARS ARE ABOUT TO BRING. PERSONALLY, I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON KIRBY SMART, MY CANDLE IS STILL LIT, HOPING IT WILL GUIDE HIM HOME. HOWEVER, IF WE DO NOT LAND HIM, I AM STILL EXCITED ABOUT WHOEVER IS COMING IN. ENOUGH OF THE POLLACK FOR DC…. BUT I THINK HE WOULD MAKE A FINE ASSISTANT DEFENSIVE COACH. HE POSSESES GREAT POTENTIAL AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM ON THE DAWG SIDELINES.

IM ALREADY EXCITED TO GET OUT TO ATHENS FOR THE G-DAY GAME THIS APRIL. AARON MURRAY, WELCOME YOUNG MAN!! THE STARTING JOB IS YOURS TO LOSE, AND THIS IS NOW OFFICIALLY YOUR TEAM. I AND THE REST OF BULLDAWG NATION WILL BE BEHIND YOU THE WHOLE WAY!

I THINK ITS GOING TO BE A GREAT GREAT GREAT NEXT FEW WEEKS FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL, BEING A LOYAL DAWG FAN! I TRULY BELIEVE WE WILL BE TREATED TO AN EMBARASSING SHOWING BY THE BUGS TOMORROW NIGHT, AND WE WILL GET TO LAUGH A LITTLE HARDER AT THEM OVER THE OFFSEASON. I STIL HAVENT LOST THE CHUCKLE SINCE NOV 28TH, THE GAME WE HEARD ABOUT FOR A YEAR, AND WILL NOT QUIT TALKING ABOUT FOR ANOTHER YEAR. IN ADDITION TO THE BUGS HOPEFULLY BEING BEAT DOWN, I ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING SEVERAL TECHIE FOOTBALL JUNIORS ANNOUNCING THEY WILL BE LEAVING FOR THE NFL, AND CANNOT WAIT TO ESCAPE THE GLORIFIED HIGHSCHOOL PROGRAM AND OFFENSE THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR. THIS IN TURN WILL CREATE PANIC AMONGST THE TECH FANS, AS REALITY WILL SETTLE IN THAT THEIR “GLORY DAYS” ARE DONE. NO PLAYER IN HIS RIGHT MIND COMING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL WILL WANT TO RUN THAT CRAP SHOOT OF AN OFFENSE. PAUL JOHNSON’S DAYS ARE OFFICIALLY NUMBERED.

LET US NOT FORGET THAT ST. TEBOW IS GONE, WHICH SADDENS NOBODY OUTSIDE OF METRO LAKELAND, FL. THE DEVIL’S ASSISTANT URBAN CRIER JUST COULDN’T PHATHOM A TEAM WITHOUT HIS BOY, SO HE WIL NOT BE MISSED NEXT YEAR EITHER (THAT IS IF HE HASN’T CHANGED HIS MIND SINCE ME BEGINNING THIS POST AND SUBMITTING IT). I’M GUESSING JUST ABOUT EVERY OTHER GATOR STARTER WILL BE GONE AS WELL. I AM SURE THERE WILL BE MORE THAN ONE OR TWO RECRUITS CHANGING THEIR MIND ABOUT FLORIDA BEFORE IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE. LET THE IMPLOSION IN GAINSVILLE BEGIN!!!

ERIC BERRY IS GONE, AND THE ENTIRE SEC OFFENSIVE REPRESENTATION IS HAPPY ABOUT THAT! THE TRUE TENNESSEE FANS I KNOW ARE VERY DISTRAUGHT ABOUT HIM LEAVING, BUT THAT WAS INEVITABLE. BEST OF LUCK IN THE NFL ERIC, YOU ARE A TRULY GIFTED PLAYER!

IT SEEMS I AM FORGRTTING SOMETHING…….AH!!!!…..BUT OF COURSE!!!!!!!!……

WAIT FOR IT………

WAIT FOR IT………

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dawgfan13

January 4th, 2010
12:45 pm

BB, I love women’s basketball only because I have coached it for many years. I will tell you this that the only this the Lady Bulldogs can hope to do is get a #1 seed and not have to face UCONN until the final 4 or championship game. No one is beating UCONN! They are great! The thing that makes the Lady Bulldogs great this year is that Andu finally recruited some young quick guards to go along with a senior veteran post players and of course Ashley Houtes. They will have toss up games this year with Tenn, LSU, and maybe Mississippi State. They should win all of their other games. If they get a #1 seed they could get to the final four but they cant beat Stanford, or UCONN or maybe Baylor with the monster they have inside dunking on other teams. As far as the defense coordinator job, just get someone before signing day. My guess is that it is the TCU DC. Kirby would be an idiot to leave Bama. It may be the dline coach from the Cowboys! It has to be someone from a team that is currently playing in college or pros. If it wasnt then the decision would already had been announced.

EW

January 4th, 2010
12:47 pm

Don’t know much about the Air Force DC but I am certain that the Dawgs could use some service academy discipline, if he can bring that with him ask him how much we should write the check for.

Bright Idea

January 4th, 2010
12:55 pm

Quit fretting. Anybody will be an improvement.

Bo Williams

January 4th, 2010
12:57 pm

What will be the preseason order of rank among these teams:

UGa, Fl. Tn., SC, Auburn, GaTech, VaTech, Clemson, UNC, Miami, Ole Miss?

L-Dawg = Moron

January 4th, 2010
1:02 pm

L-Dawg, metro Lakeland FL has about as much to do with the location of the University of Florida as your mind has to do with an above-average IQ. Nothing.

jim

January 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

L-Dog – you forgot that no one reads your posts with the CAPS on (FYI)…only saw your thought of forgetting there at the end as i scrolled down

Will

January 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

Me fellow UGA fans need to chill. Did anyone watch the game last Monday????? Whoever we get is better than Sweet Willie, even a bunch of grad assistants.

However if you want my opinion look for a Brian Van Gordor hire at any moment.

1eyedJack

January 4th, 2010
1:05 pm

I don’t care much who it is as long as he can breathe fire and balance on a barbed-wire fence while whoopin’ to death a bobcat with a live rattlesnake. I’ll be happy.

D-day

January 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether Coach Richt hires a name brand coach like Smart or some unknown up and comer. What really matters is that he hire a professional coach that will stress fundamentals and discipline. Without those attributes in a new coach, I’d have to wonder why he bothered to drop Martinez.

L-Dawg

January 4th, 2010
1:08 pm

I MEANT TO SAY “LAKE CITY” FLORIDA SIR.

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Jim

January 4th, 2010
1:12 pm

jw

January 4th, 2010
1:21 pm

Get the Brooks guy from Kentucky – best defensive guy in the business – since he ‘retired’ from Basketucky – he would make a perfect fit and put some FIRE and BRIMSTONE in the bulldogs – something they have lacked since the late great Erskine Russell – all these white outs, black outs, red outs – black helmets, red helmets – all that junk is nothing without a little bit of bite – DawgNation is supposed to be know as the most feared defensive outfit around – sadly it must be said, it isn’t even close to being the second or third most feared – Brooks makes perfect sense – bet he would be a cheap purchase!

CatsFly

January 4th, 2010
1:24 pm

Order of rank:

GaTech
Fla
VaTech
UNC
Miami
Auburn
Clemson
Tn
Ole Miss
SC

D(r)ooley

January 4th, 2010
1:25 pm

Exercise patience? Bulldawg nation has been exercising patience since 1981 waiting, dreaming of another National Title.

Columbus Dawg – Tyrone Nix turned Florida down, he isn’t coming to UGA.

Dostoyevskiy

January 4th, 2010
1:26 pm

Order of rank:

GaTech
Fla
VaTech
UNC
Miami
Auburn
Clemson
Tn
UGa
Ole Miss
SC

Bri-man

January 4th, 2010
1:30 pm

Anyone that is worrying about how long it’s taken UGA to find a DC needs to remember one thing: Nick Saban. Alabama went a good while before hiring Saban, and a lot of fans were laughing at Alabama and saying no one wanted to coach there. Look who’s laughing now.

timmy

January 4th, 2010
1:32 pm

Good read as always Bill. I’m not one that will be upset if we don’t land a “big name” guy. I just want someone who can do the job. It’s rare that the top assistants make lateral moves to do the exact same job. I’d almost say I’d be happier with someone from a smaller, lesser known, program with the proven track record and hunger to be in the SEC. Richt will find a winner, people just need to relax.

And congrats to the Lady Dawgs!!!!!! I hope they keep it up!!

M. Poster

January 4th, 2010
1:33 pm

Well, Pete McGinnis’ 1986 Forsyth County Bulldogs defense scored more points than it gave up, so I vote that Richt hires him.

Knuckle Sandwich

January 4th, 2010
1:34 pm

Bill Goldberg for DC

Ted

January 4th, 2010
1:36 pm

The fact of the matter is (per a Div-I asst. coach I spoke with over the holidays) is that any decent DC is hesistant to take the UGA job right now because so many games were lost due to the ineffective offense, but the DC got blamed for turnovers. If things are not better in a year or two, then the entire coaching staff may out, so why take the risk of being a short timer? UGA is going to have to pony up a record salary to convince a DC to jump ship right now.

GreggJ

January 4th, 2010
1:36 pm

If we dont get smart what is wrong with TCU’s coordinator???

Ginger

January 4th, 2010
1:40 pm

1. Smart’s recent comments—-what else could he say…I am happy at Bama…would be the right thing to say since he is working for Saban etc and did not say I am not going to Georgia….so he did not rule anything out…..Thinking that he would talk to UGA, but his statements say to me the price has to be right and then he may or may not would come…Bama is probably the best for him to stay in spotlight and get an HC job one day….Saban is just a championship coach in college ranks. Now question if he is really happy working for Saban — control freak…..but probably he is because he worked for him at LSU, then went to Ga., then went back to Saban at Miami….so he knew what Saban is and was happy going back to him. ……so right now I think Smart is long shot. UGA would have to be willing to really paid well to lure him and Va Tech and LSU kept their coaches.

2. the Tim DeRuyter thought….–intriguing….definitely think Richt should interview him……still believe that we can get a quality DC…..other names include–Sal Sunseri, Tyrone Nix, Todd Grantham etc…

We just gotta be willing to pay and pick the right man…the coach that can coach some defense…aggressive….get turnovers, no dumb penalties, good at making the right D calls at the right time, a coach who can teach players to recognize different offensive sets and plays…that was a big problem this yr..our players not recognizing different O set and plays quick enough…..

Dostoyevskiy

January 4th, 2010
1:41 pm

Gregg, what’s wrong is that he’s TCU’s DC!

The Ghost of Wally Butts

January 4th, 2010
1:52 pm

Instead of a football guru, how about a marine drill sargeant?

Cut that hair, stop the sideline dancing, no more prancing and chest beating after every single tackle, act like a mature adult, drive with a valid license, don’t abuse women….

…In short, grow up.

Oops, I forgot, we are talking about thugs here, not normal human beings.

Oh well.

robodawg

January 4th, 2010
1:53 pm

Would we have offered Chavis the job if Smart was still in the running? Maybe, but I think Smart has probably already let Richt know he’s staying put.

The Air Force guy is intriguing. So is the UNC guy. And I imagine there are a few good hires within the ranks of the NFL.

NorthStarsDave

January 4th, 2010
1:54 pm

If not Kirby or the Air Force DC….What about the former HC at Marshall…Snyder??

All he did at Ohio State as DC was win a Natl Title and a few Big 10 Titles…and put several dozen in to the NFL…..

Eric

January 4th, 2010
1:55 pm

Anyone who believes a single word a coach says about a job is an idiot. When it comes to jobs and all other issues, coaches LIE!

Dog Dawg

January 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

Will
January 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

However if you want my opinion look for a Brian Van Gordor hire at any moment.

I agree with Will.