Another assistant chooses loyalty to Richt over $

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.

A few links:

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.

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GeoffDawg

March 3rd, 2009
8:18 am

Nice to see Jancek choose to stay in Athens. I don’t know a lot about him but he seems to have a knack for getting very physical play out of speedy, yet generally undersized, linebackers.

Also nice to hear that Ben Watson is giving back and it’s probably a thrill for a kid who grew up in Massachusetts

Brandon

March 3rd, 2009
8:45 am

People love to work for a boss that cares and respects them.

Twilb Dawg

March 3rd, 2009
9:02 am

UGA has won 14 out of the last 18, 23 out of last 31, 35 out of last 50…shall I continue (oh 7 out of last 8). Plus 3 of those wins in the last 50 years were “vacated”, so actually Tech’s record is even lousier than it appears (which is REALLY lousy).

Finally, the overall record is, 59-37-5…OUCH, now I understand why all of the Nerd Nation has such ____ envy when it comes to UGA!!

NewJersey

March 3rd, 2009
9:39 am

I bet it was because he gets to see coach without his shirt at the pool.

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2009
10:28 am

The argument that Coach Richt is a fool and attempting to destroy the program by keeping WM on his staff, despite anyone who thinks they know football insisting that he cannot, sort of goes out the window when several assistance, who DO KNOW something about football, decide to stay on his staff. Garner and Jancek would be the biggest fools in the world to stay and sabatage thier own careers, turning down what was surely better money, if they thought this defense was on some downward spiral. They have absolutely nothing to gain by staying under a coordinator that they didn’t feel confident with. These are the very position coaches who are at the core of the defense, and know more about what is going on inside the program than any “observer” could ever begin to understand.

At the very least, this so-called “weakness” of Mark Richt’s, treating his staff with more than a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately, need to pacify some boosters attitude, has now saved 3 extremely valuable staff members this year alone.

Bamafan

March 3rd, 2009
10:49 am

Mark Richt must be a good person to work for!! Georgia is my 2nd favorite college team to follow and
Coach Richt runs a clean program and wins about ten games a year. I hope he wins a NC one day and beats the gators like a government mule!!

Rabun Dawg

March 3rd, 2009
10:59 am

Chip, I realize not much can be done about the coaching situation until after the season, but what is, if any, the “talk” about who they might be looking at? I read what the fellow in Chattanooga had to say, and I think what was said is true- with all the talent around the State, a shame that Bball is not much better at UGA! Will the Adm. make a large commitment to see that it happens? I guess, time will tell!

Rabun Dawg

March 3rd, 2009
11:02 am

Chip, as you could guess, I was, of course, referring to the basketball situation. Football staff seems to be in solid shape I might add!

Chip Towers

March 3rd, 2009
11:05 am

Rabun Dawg: All I can say is I’m following the bb coaching search extremely closely and keeping tabs on what’s going on. My interest is only reporting what is factual, up to and including the actual hire. Everything else you’ve read to date, including Epps’ column, is pure speculation. I’ll have something coming out soon but the actual hire is not going to take place until the prospective coach has completed his ongoing season. I’ll just leave it at that.

Fints

March 3rd, 2009
11:16 am

Where is this so called fence located?

HautyTautee

March 3rd, 2009
11:17 am

I think Michael Carvell thinks Lane Kiffin is hot!

murfdawg

March 3rd, 2009
11:28 am

Chip,
How are those new Easton bats doing for the Diamond Dawgs? Looks as if they worked pretty good in the desert last weekend. How about an interview with some of the players?

flats

March 3rd, 2009
11:44 am

It’s either the guy’s an idiot or scared to become D. Cord at a the division 1 level!!!!

Oledawg

March 3rd, 2009
11:46 am

Bamafan-Decent remark.

Alt- Remember several months ago with the blogs going ballistically antiloyal versus WM? Good posting to prove how far off and dead wrong those people were. Richt had already replied publically as to how they didn’t know football and some continued. Makes you realize how many anti-Dawgs are out there who blog when you are down in an attempt to get you to be negative about your own team. Sort’a like what’s happening nationally during this fiscal crisis….?

Oledawg

March 3rd, 2009
11:50 am

By the way- nice hint on the b-ball coach, Chip.

Oledawg

March 3rd, 2009
12:02 pm

Chip- Several of the last postings have disappeared. Wha sup?

RxDawg

March 3rd, 2009
12:03 pm

Good post Althama. I totaly agree. I’ve always been slower to turn coaches/assistant coaches into the scapegoat of bad games. It’s a shame a lot of the blogers don’t see that.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 3rd, 2009
12:11 pm

Ben Watson is a great guy for advice. He earned his Bachelor’s degree before his final year of eligibility. He chose to stick around, improve his draft status, and work towards a Master’s degree.

Oledawg

March 3rd, 2009
12:22 pm

Chip- I know you have asked for hints from us on subjects to blog. How about the best play that a fan may consider to be the most exemplary of the bulldog spirit? Any sport or act. Mine would date back to an unseen and/or forgotten football play for most fans that involved two players, Varnado(?) and Lawhorn(e). I would love to read other fan’s reasoning as to why their “play” exemplifys the Dawg Spirit. Mine involves a Rhodes Scholar as well.

YANKEEDAWG

March 3rd, 2009
12:30 pm

Chip how about a little about the girls basketball and gym dawgs both beating Florida this week

YANKEEDAWG

March 3rd, 2009
12:31 pm

Enter your comments here

bank walker

March 3rd, 2009
1:01 pm

Classy remarks Bamafan, I also wish UGA will win a NC soon.

GeoffDawg

March 3rd, 2009
1:08 pm

flats – Central Michigan is division 1 if I’m not mistaken.

Chip Towers

March 3rd, 2009
1:17 pm

I’m not surprised he turned it down. A lot more stability and opportunity to play for bigger things at UGA.

SEC fan

March 3rd, 2009
1:21 pm

Chip,
New Mexico has 3 football players involved in academic cheating and the NCAA takes 5 scholarships for the next few years. Florida State has a number of athletes (including numerous football players) caught in academic cheating and nothing happens. Is the NCAA giving Bowden a break by not disciplining him in his last year of coaching? Why no penalties for a much more serious violation?

StockDog

March 3rd, 2009
1:23 pm

I think that UGA will hire Grant from VCU. I keep banging the drum for a west coast guy in Bennett from St. Mary’s. Epps mentioned Univ of Miami and Univ of Cinn coaches. We just need a really good recruiter, either the head coach or one of his assistants.

flats

March 3rd, 2009
1:33 pm

Thanks Geof dawg…..There a huge bcs school…sorry man!

flats

March 3rd, 2009
1:38 pm

Everyone wants to compare richt to bowden with all loyalty crap…Look at what being nice does to you at the end of your career with old man bowden.Nothing but thugness.Being nice will get you steamrolled.Bowden is like the braves,only one national championship with all the talent in the world!!!!!I love uga but really want some of what florida has right now!!!!BEING NICE WILL NEVER GET YOU TO THE TOP!!!!!!!!!!GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

flats

March 3rd, 2009
1:39 pm

Central Michigan played in the Rose Bowwl last year!!!!!!SORRY GEOFFDAWG!!!!!!!

DawgFan24

March 3rd, 2009
1:39 pm

Epps’ article is outstanding! What a moment of journailsm brilliance! Why doesnt the AJC consider hiring this guy?

Obviously I agree with Epps in that Grant is the obvious choice for the head BBall Coach for UGA. He’s young, talented, a great recruiter, and proven winner. Knight would bring a lot of publicity, but ultimately I think it would turn almost all negative, and Knight will get frustrated and leave prematurely. That’s NOT what this program needs.

flats

March 3rd, 2009
1:41 pm

Does it matter Stock Dog!!!!!We will always suck in basketball as long as we play in steagmen and dooley is the athletic director!!!!!

Preston

March 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

SEC fan, I believe that FSU handled their academic cheating situation in a “in house” manner that was acceptable to the NCAA. I’m not familiar with the NM situation at all so who knows? It was admirable that FSU handled their situation swiftly and dealt with the players the way they should have. They missed their bowl trip and many were kicked off the team. Maybe NM tried to hide their wrongdoings???

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2009
1:53 pm

Oledawg, It’s never really been an issue about WM skills to me. I have my own opinions about it and other concur or disagree about the x’s and o’s, and that the whole business of sports banter. We should do this or that is fair game. Same for offensive playcalling. Anyone not actually responsible for doing it…..well thier opinion is as good any anyones, which isn’t much.

The annoying part about the constant “fire WM” gang is not that they don’t like him, or disagree with him philosophically, or even childishly profess hatred for the man, it that they mix thier arguments up, to the point it not even rational anymore.

You simply cannot understand a clear thinking person trying to make the case that: Mark Richt must evaluate everything the the same way I do. I have all the information that he does. He cannot possible know something that I don’t. And since that is a given, him not doing what I would do, is totally unexplainable other than he is knowingly trying to undermine his own football program.

(just for the record, I dont think Mark Richt ever said that folks don’t know anything about football. He did say if “some folks knew as much as they thought” and he was specifically adressing those that said we don’t “blitz” or don’t run the same philosophy as we use to under BVG. And he was giving examples of that just being plain incorrect. Pretty easy to pick out the guilty parties as they got rather offended and tried to flip his words aorund on him)

Preston

March 3rd, 2009
1:54 pm

Flats, Dooley hasn’t been AD in a couple of years. It’s Damon Evans now.

As far as the BB coach situation, we need to hire a young guy that will be with the program for many years to come. I’d love to see Knight come to Athens for a few years if we can’t get a fiery young guy though.

GeoffDawg

March 3rd, 2009
1:57 pm

flats – the Central Michigan DC job would be about on par with the USF DC job. Since you could infer then that since Jancek chose to leave that and is now at UGA, he would view that as an inferior position.

Is that over your head? If so, I can write it out for you slower.

Preston

March 3rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Getting back on subject though…it’s pretty amazing that these assistants are turning down more powerful positions and more money to stay with Richt. It speaks volumes about the kind of man he is. If you’ll notice on these blogs the only people that talk bad about him are people that are fans of our biggest rivals because we beat them most of the time (gt,sc, etc..) or the teams that we seem to have long runs back and forth (uf, ut, au, etc…) with. The Rodney Garner deal was the most impressive though. He would have been the biggest loss because of the recriuting implications. He said that Richt was a brand that was irreplaceable in terms of recruiting. He sells himself and kids want to play for him and it makes his job much easier. UGA is in great hands with CMR!

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

..and there were points in history that we did not suck in basketball while Dooley actually was the AD and we did play in “steagmen”.

Jeff Grady

March 3rd, 2009
2:10 pm

As big a fan as I am of UNC and Butch Davis, and while I think we will be competitive with the likes of UGA as early as 09, I think there are no betters coaches, much less people, that Mark Richt. I bet UGA fans who value character agree with me.

AltamahaDawg

March 3rd, 2009
2:17 pm

Or UGA fans who value winning percentages for that matter.

david

March 3rd, 2009
2:17 pm

The word is out that Jim Leavitt is a jerk to work for and to be around. None of his ex-assistant coaches have a good word to say about Leavitt. Even the the Florida High School coaches do not want to deal with his ego. Sabin brought to light that 75% of the USF football players need to have a special exemption to get excepted to the school. Jancek made the right move in staying at UGA.

Rules Violation

March 3rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Wouldn’t Ben Watson taking a recruit/future student athlete constitute illegal contact by a booster/representative of an institution? If Watson and Lynch didn’t have a previous relationship I believe this is illegal. Someone might want to let Damon Evans and the compliance office know.

Rules Violation

March 3rd, 2009
3:04 pm

Yep, confirmed it.

Q: Is it permissible to contact a perspective student-athlete or his/her parents or legal guardians?

A: No. An athletic representative may not contact a prospect or his/her parents in person, by telephone or in writing. Contact may not be made with a prospect or his/her parents on or off the UGA campus.

Q: Is this contact rule applicable to “established family friends” or neighbors?

A: No. However, it must be understood that such contacts cannot be made for recruiting purposes and cannot be initiated or arranged by UGA coaching staff members. In addition, the established relationship between the booster and the prospect must have occurred prior to the friend or neighbor becoming a prospect.

Q: What if a prospect calls an athletic representative?

A: An athletic representative may have a telephone conversation with a prospect ONLY if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be prearranged by an institutional staff member and the athletic representative may NOT have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility. The athletic representative must refer any questions about the University’s athletic program to the UGA Athletic Association.

Q: What if a prospect knows that an athletic representative is an UGA graduate and contacts him/her to ask questions about Georgia?

A: If a prospect contacts an athletic representative, he/she may answer questions regarding various aspects of UGA as long as NO discussion tales place regarding the UGA athletic program. If a prospect asks about UGA athletics, refer him/her to the appropriate coaching staff.

POS Mutts

March 3rd, 2009
3:07 pm

No Chip, this is not the case. Nice job writing another headline and putrid mutt propping story. This is about the 4th coach across the country to turn down the lousy job offer at USF. As mentioned above, Leavitt is a jerk who will be fired after next year so any coach would be an idiot to take that job only to be back on the market in 2010. Nice try.

THWG!
Oh, isn’t about time for some arrests at the cesspool school?

GeoffDawg

March 3rd, 2009
3:09 pm

RV – He’s not a prospect – he’s already signed and is no longer being recruited.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 3rd, 2009
3:21 pm

Correct GeoffDawg. Prospect being the keyword. Rumor has it that Watson didn’t even rip his shirt either.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 3rd, 2009
3:34 pm

Just be glad Paul Johnson does not want any of your coaches.

Hey did anyone else know it was Square Root Day…3/3/9?

FLATS

March 3rd, 2009
3:36 pm

Write slower GEOFFDAWG…Your just another blind uga fan that thinks we’ve the best coaches in the world!!!!One word yellow snow eater…..gators!!!!Mark richt is a good coach but not at the level with saban and meyer.These guys are in it to win it,ours to be a little better than we were before he got to georgia.I know what i’m talking about my friend.Dooley needs to go!

FLATS

March 3rd, 2009
3:38 pm

AND FOR YOU RAMBLE ON…Yall r worse!!!!!tech’s goal is to play on new years day!!!!ANY BOWL AS LONG ITS AFTER JAN 1!!!!!LOL!!!!!!!

FLATS

March 3rd, 2009
3:40 pm

Give it up folks…Im a genious when it comes to football and uga talk!!!!!!I Know what it takes to win ball games all over the united states of america!!!!!BEST ADVICE…DONT ARGUE WITH ME!

Atlanta Jackets

March 3rd, 2009
3:43 pm

**POS Mutts** I agree! LOL! The mutts are stoo-pid. LOL!

Wait till Josh “The Robot” Nesbot gets a hold of Willie again. He’s wish he’d taken that Central Florida job! LOL!

Josh just scored against the mutts again! LOL And Derrick “the big” Favors will do it in basketball too! ROTFLAMO!!!!