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.
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.