UPDATE: Koenning to Illinois! No, to UGA! No, wait!

I lived and worked in Lexington, Ky., which was the rumor capital of the world. One summer I heard that every single Kentucky basketball player was transferring. (None did.) After I left, I’d hear from afar that, whenever Kentucky had an opening for a basketball coach, somebody knew somebody who Knew For A Fact that Al McGuire had already bought a house in Fayette County. Which also never happened.

But this was before Al Gore invented the Internet and somebody else — Tipper, maybe? — came up with Twitter. And now things are off the ol’ hook. If you were following the Tweets of ESPN’s Joe Schad on Thursday night, you got this:

• That Vic Koenning had backed out of his commitment to become the Illinois defensive coordinator and “was close to a deal” to become the defensive coordinator at Georgia.

• That Vic Koenning would not become the defensive coordinator at Georgia but would “land in Illinois after changing his mind twice.”

Got that? We straight?

At some point someone will become Georgia’s defensive coordinator. But, as of 12:05 a.m. Friday, it didn’t appear — and I say “appear,” because who knows anything anymore? — it would be Vic Koenning. John Supinie of the Gatehouse News Service was reporting that “Georgia and Illinois were negotiating with Kansas State co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, leaving a press conference called by Illinois [to introduce Koenning Friday] in limbo.”

But Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette was reporting simply: “Vic Koenning will be named Illinois’ defensive coordinator Friday, a source told the News-Gazette.”

Got that? We straight?

At times of such haziness, I try to cut through the fog. And here’s what I say: Georgia can do better than Vic Koenning. And I’ll believe as much if he’s introduced at Butts-Mehre tomorrow as the new DC.

But I don’t expect that to happen. And I am, as we know, never wrong. Except those times when I am.

Update! (As of 11:45 a.m., anyway.) According to Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times, Koenning will indeed take the Illinois job. But Gould is reporting on Twitter that Illinois “outbid” Georgia — and that Koenning will make $325,000 as the Illini’s defensive coordinator.

My question: Wasn’t Willie Martinez making $300,000? Is $325K as high as Georgia is prepared to go for a defensive coordinator? I can’t imagine that’s the case. If it is, you can forget Kirby Smart and Ellis Johnson. We might be talking Marion Campbell again.

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Go to bed Mark

December 18th, 2009
12:34 am

Too late at night for this pointless speculation

dee

December 18th, 2009
12:38 am

first? maybe?

uga1989

December 18th, 2009
12:39 am

uga1989

December 18th, 2009
12:39 am

Meanwhile...Geogia's doomed

December 18th, 2009
12:39 am

Don’t know about the long term Mark, but you do know that Georgia is doomed in the bowl game right?

I say that of course because surely you are aware of what number win Texas A & M will be going for in their history in the bowl game.

Barry

December 18th, 2009
12:40 am

I feel so privileged.

dee

December 18th, 2009
12:40 am

If he’s already waffling, maybe its good he is going to Illinois. UGA can certainly do better. By the way, your blogs are great Mark. Keep up the good work.

dee

December 18th, 2009
12:41 am

1 for 1 in the “first” deal, by the way. Kudos to me.

Just the Facts.....

December 18th, 2009
12:48 am

Mark Bradley, Why haven’t we gone after Frank Bush, the D-Coordinator with the Texans? This man is from Athens, played High school ball there and would be perfect with his attack style of play. Plus he’s only 46 years old, trained under Glanville, Dennis Green, and Mike Shannon. Has 2 SB rings as LB’s coach with Broncos.

Just the Facts.....

December 18th, 2009
12:51 am

Any guy taking Illinois over a chance to coach in the SEC, and prove his “chess” skills on perhaps the biggest stage, week in, and week out shouldn’t even be considered. NEXT please!

Just the Facts.....

December 18th, 2009
12:56 am

R.I.P. Chris Henry. Kids let this be an example of what domestic situations with “women” can cause you! Trust me when I tell you it’s not worth your life!

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2009
12:57 am

Thanks, Dee. And kudos to you.

Canephins

December 18th, 2009
1:02 am

Mark,

Go to bed, man. BTW, what is the deal with Koehninnggg is he coming to Athens, or not? Is he now hesistant to take the UGA job in fear of bad press/publicity?

Meanwhile...darkhorse candidate Mark

December 18th, 2009
1:04 am

Mark I’m surprised you haven’t turned your gaze to Turner Field. Greg Norton, even from the batter’s box, has shown the ability to place defenders directly in front of the ball so they could be fully successful.

Imagine what he could do with a defense of 11 players, as effective as he’s been with 9.

7-5

December 18th, 2009
1:04 am

I hope UGA gets Koenning. Nothing worrisome about him. Bud Foster would’ve been tougher.

DaveyH

December 18th, 2009
1:06 am

Yeah, that’s right, Just the Facts, the Big Ten doesn’t play on a big stage week in and week out. The Big Ten is a small time conference. (eyes rolling)

Some of you SEC football fans are SO full of yourselves, it’s pathetic.

Friends don't let friends blog drunk

December 18th, 2009
1:07 am

The Internet: Where pointless information happens. Thanks for your contribution, Mark.

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2009
1:08 am

Meanwhile, you make a salient point. And about that A&M milestone … we wouldn’t be talking Greg Pruitt again, would we?

RED DOG 77

December 18th, 2009
1:09 am

Ah lucky 13, its late so…….. now I lay me down to sleep, I pray our next DC is not named Koenning.

Meanwhile...darkhorse candidate Mark

December 18th, 2009
1:10 am

About that A & M milestone. Yes Mark, it looks like evil lurks in football in more places than Al Davis’ heart and the BCS.

Let’s not even talk about Don Shula’s career winning percentage (gasp!) How do you think he pulled off that undefeated season anyway?

RED DOG 77

December 18th, 2009
1:12 am

Mabe Ellis Johnson? Who knows…..Goodnight

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2009
1:14 am

You wouldn’t be obsessing on this number, would you?

RED DOG 77

December 18th, 2009
1:15 am

Mabe Ellis Johson, mabe, Oh well heaven only knows

Meanwhile...darkhorse candidate Mark

December 18th, 2009
1:19 am

I’m afraid so Mark, but please be assured I’ve now taken corrective steps; I’ve replaced my Iron Maiden collection on my IPod with a compilation of Up With People’s best Super Bowl performances.

Hate to name drop, but it was a personal gift from Paul Tagliabue.

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2009
1:21 am

Very nice. Just don’t listen to those Up With People songs backwards.

Throwing out a long shot...

December 18th, 2009
1:22 am

Raheem Morris from Tampa Bay…he’s probably about to be canned anyway and has helped coach some great defenses. I know it’s a long shot but it is late and I’m sleepy and figured what the he11.

Mark… enjoy your posts, when I read them and they don’t suck. Ha!

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2009
1:24 am

I don’t think Raheem Morris would have a chance at this job. But would he really get fired after one year?

Meanwhile...darkhorse candidate Mark

December 18th, 2009
1:25 am

LOL Mark.

To Long shot: It may be the time of night talking, but that’s not a bad long shot at all!

Meanwhile...darkhorse candidate Mark

December 18th, 2009
1:27 am

LOL Mark.

Maybe it’s the time of night, but I like Morris as a long shot, Long Shot.

Meanwhile...testing

December 18th, 2009
1:28 am

Testing 1,2,3 (Last post didn’t show up)

RED DOG 77

December 18th, 2009
1:29 am

Mark, you still out there? I think it might be Ellis Johnson, But then I am probubly just obsessed that it could be Ellis Johnson, Ellis Johnson would be a pretty good pick up, you said so yourself, What do you thik Mark, you think we have a shot at Ellis Johnson, or am I obsessed, or is it you putting these ideas in my head? wow my head is noisey.

Meanwhile...testing

December 18th, 2009
1:30 am

What about the Mickey Andrews Shot at Redemption Tour?

Ok, it’s getting late!

Meanwhile...testing

December 18th, 2009
1:32 am

After that last post, like Mickey Andrews I volunteer to retire, at least for this evening.

While I still have some dignity intact.

Raheem Morris

December 18th, 2009
1:39 am

You win 1 game and a better option becomes available??? Who knows…. I’m just ready for the madness to be over with. I don’t think we talked this much about the presidential election. Geez!

You know you want him

December 18th, 2009
1:50 am

Al D’Amato for DC!

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2009
2:14 am

I think if UGA was going to approach Ellis Johnson, it would have already.

Carlos

December 18th, 2009
2:39 am

Mark, Do you ever sleep?

Dee wasn't first

December 18th, 2009
3:03 am

Dee you werent first….

Mark take those kudos back from her

UGA03MAIN

December 18th, 2009
4:19 am

I heard Martinez is coming back

bkbroila

December 18th, 2009
5:09 am

Rock and Motha Freakan’……Rooooooolllllllleeeeeeee….

RockDavis

December 18th, 2009
5:27 am

Oh Please CMR, hire Vic Koenning….I would simply love it. He was passed over at Clemson in favor of Dabo, and he couldn’t beat Georgia Tech.

The man for the job, Vic Koenning! LOL

jdub

December 18th, 2009
5:27 am

Mark, take a look at Jeff Casteel at West Virginia. His defenses are always good..

Tech sux

December 18th, 2009
5:40 am

Who’s the d-back coach with the Titans or Bronco’s?………….why not David Pollock?

Tech sux

December 18th, 2009
5:41 am

We need someone in place sooner than later

David Crisp

December 18th, 2009
5:43 am

Mark, I love and read your blogs everyday, and I aggree. We can do MUCH better than Koenning. After much reading, he seems to mirror Martinez. I am a bit superized that we have not made a run at Tyronne Nix. The more I study him the more Ilike him.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

December 18th, 2009
5:51 am

Whats the story morning glory? Hire someone fron the Moutain West conference Today !

Topp Dogg

December 18th, 2009
5:52 am

Dont panic we need the best man available whom i think is Ellis Johnson if he says no try Withers from NC.

Matt

December 18th, 2009
5:55 am

CMR will choose the DC wisely as his choice will be the next head coach “in waiting” for UGA. God help us all in this one!

Matt

December 18th, 2009
5:57 am

We need Bill Goldberg to coach special teams especially kick-off coverage!

Chipped Tires

December 18th, 2009
5:58 am

Nobody wants to come to UGA. Mark Richt is a joke Boo Hooo………..