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.


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.

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Confirmed Rumor

January 4th, 2010
8:42 pm

I just spoke to my neighbor’s brother’s cousin, who used to know a guy named Kirby and has a best friend who played under the guy that looks like Saban on the cottage cheese commercials and he says that Muschamp is announcing after the bowl game that he is coming to be DC and Kirby is going to coach the defensive backs. Frank Beamer is coming to coach special teams along with Lou Holtz, who is going to teach the kids how to spit while they are talking. Book it!


January 4th, 2010
8:53 pm

Hey Sad Richard, you say Im back…I never left sweetheart. And i was never a homer for Willie, I just never felt like acting like a fool and going out of my way to criticize him. I did support his firing, only in the RIGHT TIME and place. It happened.

I also know who the next D-Coor is, but CMR wont let me say anything yet. I am sworn to secrecy. Heres a Hint. It aint you, and it aint me.


January 4th, 2010
9:10 pm

Absloutely! The Dogs need a truly great, well-known DC, not some unknown clown such as the guy Richt brought in before Martinez. What was that guy’s name again? Coached at Eastern Michigan State A&M Tech or something like that?

Everyone knows that there are only 2 or 3 decent DC’s in the college ranks. If all 3 of them haven’t gone on national television by now to beg for the UGA job, it’s the end of football as we know it here.

By the way, Air Force faced 3 of the top 11 offenses in D1 this year. That’s SCORING offenses, not YARDAGE offenses, as I keep seeing quoted on here. Level of competition my arse. You B&M all year about points, points, points…so use the same criterion when judging replacements for Willie.

I have to go check the UF blogs…NO WAY those fans are wetting themselves because Meyer didn’t name a replacement for Strong within 20 minutes of his accepting the job at Louisville. Of course, those were the same fans who were calling for Strong’s ouster 2 years ago when the Gator defense was getting trashed on a weekly basis, so you never know.

Or better yet, maybe I’ll go swizzle a 6-pack of malt liquor and get on here and tell everyone about all of my inside information regarding the DC job! Yeah, thaaaat’s theeee ticket! I’ll be back in a few! I, uhm, need to go to the liquor store, er, I mean, answer the phone, I think it’s Mark Ri—er, Evans calling. Yeah, that’s it Damon Evans. He probably wants my advice on something about the new DC. Yeah, he won’t offer anyone without my approval first…because I threatened to withdraw my, uhhhhh, TEN GAZZILLION DOLLAR annual contribution to the program.

Okay, gotta go (ringgg, ringg)…be back soon!

Pathetic…just pathetic.


January 4th, 2010
9:15 pm

damn sam thank’s leave coach r alone none of could walk in his shoes


January 4th, 2010
9:27 pm

why would kirby take a step backwards to work for the puppies? UT’s fired coach (chavis) turned you down….others have too. so why would anyone leave bama for the puppies? they won’t. go find yourselves a no name….that is all you are going to get. Roll Tide!

Ray Goff

January 4th, 2010
9:36 pm

Air Force Academy… really oh how the mighty have fallen,, oh well you were never that mighty to begin with 1980 was a long time ago

K. Smart

January 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

Give me a chance to finish the game Thursday night. Ya’ll can help me unload my furniture in Athens next week. Don’t tell Nick yet…er, I mean Mick…you know…wink.


January 4th, 2010
11:24 pm

If he lives up to his name, he won’t be packing any bags anytime soon.


January 4th, 2010
11:25 pm

Confirmed Rumor, pls blog more frequently, u b kool!


January 4th, 2010
11:40 pm

If georgia goes 8-5 again i think richt is out. then we can bring in Jon Gruden


January 4th, 2010
11:46 pm

I’ve read much about how much money UGa has to burn on athletics, and that they can buy coaches because of this treasure chest. Check out US News College rankings and you’ll find that the UGa endowment as stated is $50,137.517, compared with UNC’s, for example, which is listed at $2,335,824.025. Maybe UGa grads are apparently giving their money to fund athletics instead of academics. That’s why they truly fit into the SEC.


January 4th, 2010
11:57 pm

The best defensive person currently available with the same ethics as CMR is Herman Edwards. He can relate well to the young men and he is a good disciplinarian.

I Have A Life

January 5th, 2010
12:00 am

Knowledgeable In GA,

I wasn’t aware that fan behavior determined team rankings. Thanks for clearing that up. What exactly are you knowledgeable about?

He Hate Gator

January 5th, 2010
12:07 am

It would be foolish not to give DeRuyter a long consideration even if Smart is still a candidate (which I believe at this point he still is…his alma mater is calling..). Have heard good things about this guy from several sources. Fla is looking at him also…


January 5th, 2010
12:11 am

Kirby Smart is not coming to UGA and that is the end of that story. Is Dick Bumpas still on the radar screen? I noticed TCU is playing pretty good D against Boise State. How about Mike Leach for offensive cooridinator, if we can’t stop em well outscore em.


January 5th, 2010
12:41 am

Dawgs whipped Tech, no way to rank Tech higher than UGA…You still toting that Nov. 28 A$$ whipping…Doctor said to try 2 like warm enemas daily until the pain of that Tech loss goes away…Obviously the pain in still around…Got to admit, that UGA win surprised us all….

Y'all are clueless

January 5th, 2010
7:14 am

I know a real real good High School coach who is the best in the business and is hard nosed no nonsense guy. He always has his unit ready to play and his defense always leads all statistical categories in the state. He is a proven tough guy who knows high school offenses inside and out as well. He would be a great fit for UGA.

Sad Richards

January 5th, 2010
7:18 am

Hey dawgstephen….. you know you were always a Willie homer. I still bet you are a
BIG willie homer too.


January 5th, 2010
7:48 am

That GTDog post made me laugh. Made a few folks blush I imagine. Or hope it did anyway.


January 5th, 2010
8:12 am

Reshad Jones to enter the draft…..

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 5th, 2010
8:13 am

It’s been 29 years fleabags… keep on waitin’

larry lawson

January 5th, 2010
8:44 am

Give it to Rodney, give him a chance, the kids respond to him very well.


January 5th, 2010
9:00 am

Pure justice the weather in Shreveport was better than in Miami tonight.Forecast at game time 36 degrees and falling like tek.

coach smith

January 5th, 2010
9:36 am

If ANYONE else besides SMART were Richt’s target they would be offered already because their teams are DONE! Why so silent if it is anyone else?

SMART has still NOT said he isn’t interested



January 5th, 2010
9:44 am

It is about time someone started looking at the top defensive team statistics to determine who is successful at coaching defenses. My goodness, does it really take a rocket scientist to do some research instead of folks chasing rumors like the press and the AJC continue to do?

Someone give me $300,000.00 to do a candidate search and I will find you three qualifed candidates by sundown. Heck, just buy me a bottle of Silver Oak. A big bottle. Does anyone use their brains anymore? Go Dogs!!

Andy in Blairsville

January 5th, 2010
10:03 am

It will be interesting to see who UGA lands as a DC considering they give their coordinators one year contracts, don’t exactly pay well and UGA coordinating positions aren’t exactly springboards to a head coaching job somewhere down the road.

Dawg Bone

January 5th, 2010
10:22 am

I don’t understand why the name Sylvester Croom has not been mentioned. I know his offense at Mississippi States was terrible but he had a good defense and has great character.


January 5th, 2010
3:02 pm

Tim Deruyter would do as good of a job as any DC you could get. The problem is that UGA has to get the quality players to UGA. I would bet you wouldn’t be seeing STUPID late hit penalties on 4th and 50 under Deruyter. lol


January 5th, 2010
3:08 pm

DeRuyter is starting to look like the right man for the job. I’m not so sure I wouldn’t put him above Smart or Muschamp. They’re all great DC’s but getting a guy in here without having to give him a golden parachute and/or the HCIW whether he produces or not seems sensible. Let’s get this guy and see what he can do with the great recruits we have here at UGA. Besides, remember when we were saying “who the hell is this Van Gorder guy?”


January 5th, 2010
3:17 pm

Larry Munson, that would ,unfortunately, be true IF your head coach knew what he wanted to do. If I’m a DC (or any assistant for that matter), I would be very hesitant to work for Meyer right now. That’s why a few have left already. They’ll all be fine though. It’s the SEC! The best football in the country. When was the last time an SEC team lost a national championship game? I can’t remember either. The only time an SEC team doesn’t win it is because they got screwed out of playing for it. FACT!

UGA Insider..anonomyous

January 5th, 2010
8:26 pm

With former ties to the program, I can say this. According to former players close to the program as well, UGA football admin are really working hard to keep their recruiting class. It looks like a couple of their big verbal’s are headed to look at other programs, especially Tennesse who has been working on UGA commitments hard. Tennesse has already snared two UGA targets, that were on the verge of commiting to UGA.

Mark Richt and company are in for a ride until Feb 2n2 signing day. Interesting to see how this shakes out, while he is looking for a dc and competing with Florida.

Snoop Dawg

January 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

Hope the Dawg Nation is enjoying watching the bumble bees playing in a BCS bowl tonight in Miami. Too bad all that Koolaid you drank as served up by the 3 Million Dolla Man Markt Wrecked prevented you from getting excited about the Dawgs’ great victory over those also rans Texas A&M in the Toilet Bowl in that great party town of Shreveport, Louisiana. Hey, get used to it. Preacha Man and the Water Girl are happy to count all that money while posing for the cameras on the sidelines as all our 4- and 5-star recruits continue to get undercoached… Until you report in to Koolaid Anonymous and start the 10 step FIRE MARKT WRECKED program, you will live in utter misery… This hype about a new DC is just a diversion… Get your Shreveport hotel reservations quick before both motels are sold out for next year!


January 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

Interesting stat I haven’t seen….UGA played 8 teams this year that had New Year’s Eve or later bowl games. Dare say too many teams face that kind of schedule. As for DC I’m hearing Smart says yes Friday morning.


January 6th, 2010
1:33 am

On Friday January 8, 2010 We will all know wheather it will be Kirby Smart or not……Good Night


January 6th, 2010
9:28 am

Not Kirby Smart and not W. Muschamp – why – b/c TX defense is not that good if you break it all down – TX is in a weak conference and always has a top 10 recruiting class and their defense gives up a lot of points and yards – the only thing helping TX is the teams they play have a worse defense – AL will prove this point tomorrow night!

And Kirby Smart is not proven – he is just a pawn for Saban and everyone knows that –

I am sure CMR is looking at the stats of some of the Top D’s (that actually play against teams with a good offense) not some over rated defense that plays looser teams with no offense –

Anyway – just wait and be patient and we will have a great D coordinator – GA will be fine


January 6th, 2010
11:26 am

I’ve been screaming DeRuyter’s name ever since the Armed Forces bowl. To take the kids he’s allowed to recruit and make them perform like that, he’s got to be a great coach.

He Hate Gator

January 6th, 2010
8:45 pm

May be fighting Fla for DeRuyter…


January 7th, 2010
11:22 pm

Look at Air Force’s best players over the past few years. Many from UGA’s back yard. Too many of the good players in the metro area are not being recruited by UGA. Not that they aren’t choosing UGA, they aren’t even being recruited by UGA. There is where they need some help.