Interesting to find out that Georgia linebackers coach John Jancek apparently turned down the opportunity to become defensive coordinator at South Florida recently. Once again loyalty to Mark Richt seems to have won out over money.
I don’t know what Bulls coach Jim Leavitt offered Jancek as DC but he is currently the second-lowest paid coach on Georgia’s staff ($163,000). Richt gave raises to his other coaches who turned down opportunities to stay with him in Athens (Rodnet Garner, Stacy Searels). It’ll be interesting to see if he does the same for Jancek.
By the way, Jancek has been a D-coordinator most of the 18 years he’s been in college coaching, including his previous stint at Central Michigan.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Jancek was promoted to co-defensive coordinator by Georgia.
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I shared a conversation I had with former Georgia coach Hugh Durham in this space a month or so ago in which he talked about how he thought the Bulldogs’ basketball job is a great one in which the right coach could win big. He told reporters more of the same on his recent stop in Macon to be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. . . .
Anthony Dasher of uga.rivals.com reports that former Georgia tight end Ben Watson, now of the New England Patriots, contacted the Bulldogs’ latest tight end signee, Arthur Lynch of Dartmouth, Mass. To two are supposed to get together for lunch and go over what he needs to know about Georgia and Athens and how to go about getting ready to report. . . .
Darren Epps of the Chattanooga News talked to a couple of analysts about who Georgia needs to hire as its new basketball coach.