Richt on DC search (and other notes)

Athens — Georgia coach Mark Richt said today that he is devoting “due diligence” to the “very important” search for a new defensive coordinator –- a process that he said might not be completed until the new year.

“I think I’ll know when the time is right,” he said.

Richt would not disclose or discuss specific candidates — “I can’t do that,” he said — and he gave  no indication that a resolution is imminent.

“I would say the safest bet – and I don’t want to put a timetable on it – [is that] I’d hate to think it goes much past the first week of January,” said Richt, citing recruiting factors. “Even then I’m not going to say 100 percent because I’m not 100 percent sure when it will happen.”

Asked if the hire could be made earlier –- say, before Georgia’s Dec. 28 Independence Bowl game against Texas A&M –- Richt said: “I just don’t know. . .  It’s just so hard to predict.”

Georgia’s staff has had three openings since Dec. 2, when Richt fired defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, linebackers coach John Jancek and defensive ends coach Jon Fabris. Richt plans to hire a coordinator first and then get that person’s input on filling the two other positions.

Richt said today  that he has not yet offered the job to anyone.

Virginia Tech’s highly respected defensive coordinator, Bud Foster, said Monday that he was approached by Georgia but took himself out of the running by accepting a lucrative new deal with the Hokies.  Another candidate believed to be on Richt’s radar, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, has said he’s “not looking to go anywhere.” Numerous  others are rumored to be in the mix from both the NFL and college levels.

Richt said he is not seeking a particular philosophy in the new coordinator.

“I’m open to championship-level defense, really,” Richt said. “I’m not going to say I will not consider this scheme or that scheme or I have to have this scheme or that scheme. I won’t do that, because there are different ways to skin it. And if you are really good at skinning it the way you do it, that’s OK with me.”

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This is an unsettling time for Georgia’s defensive players, who eagerly await word on who their new coaches will be.

“Very curious,” said junior linebacker Rennie Curran, who faces a Jan. 15 deadline for deciding whether to enter the NFL draft. “For a lot of us, it’s going to mean a lot, as far as how we fit into this new scheme and what feel we get for the new coaches. It’s everything to us. . . . It’s kind of an awkward time.”

Said sophomore cornerback Brandon Boykin: “Everybody wants to know who it will be, but I know they’re going to have to take their time with the process and make sure it’s the right person. So I’m going to be patient.”

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A few more things:

– With final exams completed, Georgia returned to the practice field Wednesday. The Bulldogs will practice daily in Athens through Dec. 22, then reconvene in Shreveport on Dec. 24.

–  Wide receiver A.J. Green, who missed the final 2 ½ games of the regular season with a separated shoulder, said he’ll definitely play in the Independence Bowl. “I’ll be 100 percent,” he said.   He dove for a ball at practice Wednesday “and didn’t feel anything,” he said. “Ron ran over there,” he added, meaning trainer Ron Courson, “and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m good.’”

– Richt confirmed coaches have talked to backup quarterback Logan Gray about a possible position switch but said no decision has been made. “Logan is the one who is going to decide what he wants to do this spring,” Richt said. “If he wants to stay strictly at quarterback and compete in that area, I’m all for it. If he wants to try another position to see if he could get more playing time, I’m fine with that.”

190 comments Add your comment

first

December 16th, 2009
12:55 pm

Im so lame Im first

kirby smart

December 16th, 2009
1:02 pm

KIRBY SMART IS OUR MAN!!!!!!!!!

nickz

December 16th, 2009
1:03 pm

Let’s get Kirby Smart and bring him back home to UGA!

Paul's Johnson

December 16th, 2009
1:04 pm

tell coach alligator mouth to make the first move with his coordinator, cause we need one that won’t even consider the Acc weak sisters!!

dx107

December 16th, 2009
1:07 pm

I read this a couple times, to me, sounds like he has someone ready to go but is waiting to announce when that person is ready.

Tombstone

December 16th, 2009
1:08 pm

Enter your comments here

ramblingbuzz

December 16th, 2009
1:09 pm

No news is good news? If Richt can hire a DC from a bowl bound team, then no announcement until that team plays its bowl game. Hence the 1st week of January timeframe. I still don’t think it’s Kirby Smart.

Inspector G

December 16th, 2009
1:10 pm

I heard Matthew Stafford called Tubbs personally to date his daughter just so he would come to UGA…

That’s the rumor I heard…

DawgStyle

December 16th, 2009
1:11 pm

Go get Reggie Herring..

And Then Somve

December 16th, 2009
1:12 pm

I believe you are correct dx107.

The future coordinator wants to coach the bowl game of his current team.

theTruth

December 16th, 2009
1:12 pm

Doesn’t that scream as soon as the bowl games are over, it will be announced? Or perhaps after the NFL regular season has completed? Hmmm, both will be over at the end of that week. Jus’ sayin’.

McDawg

December 16th, 2009
1:12 pm

someone from the NFL who is tough as nails and will kick some ass–separate the boyz from the men

theTruth

December 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

ramblingbuzz, I’m not sure Smart is on the top of his list.

AugDawg

December 16th, 2009
1:13 pm

remember back early ‘09 we were worried about lack of commits among recruits and thats has turned out very well thus far. we need to be patient and trust in cmr. he is very deliberate and we arent very use to that in sports or society. i believe we will get the right guy in due time. and, im glad koening is off of our “board”. i like the idea of manny diaz. young, hungry, aggressive, forces t.o.’s, very familiar with south fl. sounds like great candidate.

jack bull

December 16th, 2009
1:14 pm

when are north and south carolina’s bowl games?? announcement will come after one of those, but before the BCS NC game…if you get my drift..

ChuuyDawg

December 16th, 2009
1:15 pm

You guys need to stop with all the Smart talk. It sucks that a majority of Dawg nation are building themselves up with bringing in Smart, then will be p’ed off when it doesn’t happen. Why would he leave a program that is arguably the top program in the country? Kirby will only leave for a HC job, think about it.

If Richt doesn’t turn it around in the next year or two, you know he will get run out of town. Why would Kirby want to take that risk. Plus, you know Kirby will get a HC shot within the next year or two, it sounds much better to be the next UGA HC than DC.

The guy that we get in the end will be small name guy, that’s just the way it is. Nothing wrong with that, just need to make sure we get the guy that’s the best fit. Remember CVG came from Central Michigan if memory serves correct.

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!

clueless

December 16th, 2009
1:16 pm

Kirby is coming to town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knuckle Sandwich

December 16th, 2009
1:17 pm

Bill Goldberg for DC

Old Fan

December 16th, 2009
1:18 pm

I think it means that Richt wants his team fully recovered from partying at Applebees and IHOP down in Shreveport before springing the name of the new defensive coordinator on them.

SHREVEPORT. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Ryno

December 16th, 2009
1:20 pm

[i]“I would say the safest bet –- and I don’t want to put a timetable on it -– but . . . I’d hate to think that it goes much past the first week of January.[/i]

The NFL regular season ends Sunday the 3rd of January. Coach Richt’s quote would suggest the new hire is coming from the pros.

Bo Williams

December 16th, 2009
1:22 pm

I want to drop FSU and Clemson from the ACC and pick up SCAR and UCONN. SCAR just belongs there, it’s our sister state (NC) and the school has potential for academic excellence. UCONN is a so-=called sleeping giant. I’ve been on the campus several times, and I think it would be a great media draw for the ACC. I have nothing against FSU and Clemson, they just don’t “seem to fit”.

Bdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:27 pm

I think Smart will end up at UGA.
I’ve already posted this on Mark Bradley’s blog, but it is pretty interesting stuff, so here you go.

I’ve gotten word from a VERY credible source that Kirby Smart is very intrested in the job and there is more than a good chance that he could end up in Athens. A friend of mine who is a High School coach and former player of the 2000 Valdosta State football team in which Will Muschamp coached defense, said that after mingling with Muschamp and Smart at the Georgia State Championships this weekend at the Georgia Dome, Smart said he was interested in the possibilities of coaching in his home state. And get this Dawg fans, it is a better chance of him coming if Bama wins the NC. It would give him even more leverage when it comes to salary negotiations. He also said that he and Saban have had talks about the posibility of UGA coming after him and plan to match whatever offer UGA throws his way. It was also said that from this source that Smart said Saban although a great coach, is a work-a-holic and he didn’t have as much time with his family as he would like. This bodes well for Richt and his more family orientated coaching style. To draw my conclusion from this exchange, is that Bama is gonna try and match whatever UGA does, but in the end it’s gonna come down to where Smart wants to be, and from this info UGA could have their next DC. He also said discussions wouldn’t really start til after the title game.

Brent

December 16th, 2009
1:28 pm

Ryno, the date also suggests that the DC could be coming from a team playing in a January bowl. I wouldn’t say it means they are a NFL guy.

shannon1776

December 16th, 2009
1:29 pm

shannon1776

December 16th, 2009
1:32 pm

Been a Dawg fan since 1975. Get off the Kirby Smart thing. it’s not the same as you or me coming home. he will not leave unless it is a head coaching job. All the talk about “coming home.” Please, with the money he makes, he can fly to Athens anytime on a private jet to see the sights!!!!!

I don’t want to see all of us be upset with the choice. believe me, Richt will amake a wise choice.

Soulja Boy

December 16th, 2009
1:33 pm

Rich should have said, “I don’t know nothing. The phone isn’t ringing off the hook, and nobody returns our calls.”

Todd

December 16th, 2009
1:34 pm

Why do all us UGA folks think all the available D-cord. out there are waiting in line to interview for the Ga job?

Dooley searched and searched and Jim Donnan called him, not the other way around.

Bobby Bowden picked up the phone for MR.

No one is sitting around dying for the phone to ring from MR, except for a bunch of high school coaches day dreaming.

And Kirby Smart, why is he the golden hire at the moment?

Whoever comes in has a rebuilding job in alot of ways, most likely our offense will be one of the best under A. Murray and Co. but like the Zier yrs. the D will be at the bottom of the SEC. Boykin, J. Houston (Rennie gets bad advice and bolts), R. Jones doesn’t make grades and forgoes; I’ll throw in A. Dent and the other linebacker ? that’s it. The others are 2nd tier SEC defenders. Need to bring in some JUCO help now MR

Say What?

December 16th, 2009
1:34 pm

CMR’s comments definately make me believe that our new DC is locked up. However, I do have a hard time believing that it is Kirby Smart. As much as I would love to see him come to Athens, I just can’t see him leaving a team that is playing for the NC this year and pretty well stacked for next. Even if he did come, it would only be for a year or two and I would rather see someone who would be here longer than that.

Bdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:35 pm

shannon1776,

No doubt Richt will make the right choice whether it’s Smart or not. I’m just saying my source talked face to face with Smart and that was what he said. Whether he ends up at UGA or not is a diffrent story, but it sure sounds like there is more than a good possiblity.

Pay The Man

December 16th, 2009
1:36 pm

Come on all you alumni that were crying to get rid of Willie, step up and show Kirby that we are serious. Open your pocket books now or we will be in the same situation in a couple of more years, only next time we will be looking for a head coach.

kirby smart

December 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

Pay The Man:
_____________________
Empty your wallets then….

Dog Dawg

December 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

Bdawg,

Thanks for the info.

“It was also said that from this source that Smart said Saban although a great coach, is a work-a-holic and he didn’t have as much time with his family as he would like. This bodes well for Richt and his more family orientated coaching style.”

This is probably why Alabama is kicking everyone’s butt now. I think being all about the family is great, but I want my team’s coaches to be work-a-holics.

AugDawg

December 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

smart has declined cmr’s offer, so far. and manny diaz is being considered for miss. st. job. we should jump on this guy at least imho…hes got ties to richt and would probably hang around a few years plus what i posted earlier

gomdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

Kirby’s Junkyard Dawgs HERE WE GO.

Bdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:40 pm

Pay The Man,

Money is not an issue. Forbe’s has UGA listed only behind Texas in money generated by football programs across america. They also finished in the top 5 on that list for the atheletic program as a whole. Money is there if Evans and Richt deem it necessary to use. They can match offers from any team in the nation.

Bdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:44 pm

Pay The Man,

Money is not an issue. Forbe’s ranks UGA only behing Texas in money generated by a football program. They also rank top 5 when it comes to the entirety of their atheletic program. That’s not counting on extra money coming from rich alumns. The money is here if Evans and Richt deem it necessary to get in a bidding war. They can match offers with anyone in the country.

AugDawg

December 16th, 2009
1:46 pm

i agree of u read into cmr’s words sounds like something may be in place but if so, why would foster and smart both have turned down the job in the last few days or so

Dreamer

December 16th, 2009
1:47 pm

Sung to the tune of White Christmas

I’m dreamin of a defensive coordinator,
but it’s not going to be Kirby Smart
Where Mark Richt dreams bi-g
but ne-ver g-ets
that big name he really wantsssss

CW

December 16th, 2009
1:47 pm

CW

December 16th, 2009
1:47 pm

oops sorry, meant “30-24 with a below average team”

AugDawg

December 16th, 2009
1:48 pm

just sounds like the search is still on to me or only very early in talks if hes close to making a deal

MR

December 16th, 2009
1:51 pm

Bdawg, he said, she said, Saban said, CMR kissed his a$$. Idiot.

Bdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:51 pm

Oops on the double up there! Smart didn’t really reject the job. He said “We’re not LOOKING to go anywhere”. This leaves the door open. Ofcourse he wouldn’t say he’s going to leave his team on the verge of playing for the National Championship. That’s just common sense. The reason talks are going into January is so that Richt doesn’t have to feel like a distraction to a team in a big game. This is could add even more to a Smart at UGA arguement.

MR

December 16th, 2009
1:53 pm

Bdawg, if you think money is not the issue, I got some ocean front property in Az. for you. Hell, he will use UGA to get that pay raise he wants and UGA will not commit big money to a DC becaue they will have to up the salaries of the other coordinators.

I'm defensive

December 16th, 2009
1:54 pm

I heard that Stafford showed up at Tubby’s home to take his daughter to the movies but she was in the back room with Knowshon…. or maybe it was the garage ????

shawn

December 16th, 2009
1:54 pm

Zeus

December 16th, 2009
1:55 pm

HIRE REGGIE BALL AS DC!!!!

No one ever made the Dawgs D look so good.

Bdawg

December 16th, 2009
1:55 pm

Look, I’m not trying to get into an arguement of who is best fot the job. I’m just relaying factual info on the situation. The fact is Smart is more interested than people think or that he’s letting on and Richt is closer to having a deal done than probably anybody knows. If not with Smart, then with someone, but to just thik that Smart would turn his nose up a UGA without considering them is absurd.

Hawaii highlights

December 16th, 2009
1:57 pm

Bdawg— are you serious??? “This bodes well for Richt and his more family orientated coaching style”. What a joke!

JB

December 16th, 2009
1:57 pm

Just like with anything in life, some of you will be excited, some pissed, some will say we should’a kept Willie and some will say i’ll wait and see……………………so, chill out, relax, enjoy all this change Obama has brought us and Merry Christmas…………………..Whoops, in another year, you might get arrested for saying that.