The Vic Koenning case

Athens — One more name will be scratched from the list of rumored Georgia defensive coordinators if the University of Illinois’ press conference goes off as planned this afternoon.

And if it doesn’t go off as planned, then today will get really intriguing in Athens.

Illinois has called a 2 p.m.  press  conference to announce Vic Koenning as its new defensive coordinator.

At this late (early?) hour, that press  conference is still scheduled.

Koenning also has talked with Georgia about its DC opening, and by some accounts  Georgia’s interest in him went from tepid to torrid on Thursday.

Rumors were flying for a while Thursday night, intensifying with an 8:45 p.m. Twitter post by ESPN’s Joe Schad that Koenning “now close to deal to become Georgia’s DC, changing from Illinois” and seemingly fizzling with a 10:02 p.m. tweet by Schad that “ESPN.com reports Vic Koenning will land in Illinois after changing mind twice.”

What we know for sure at this point is that Illinois has a press conference scheduled for today -– and Georgia doesn’t.

Anyway, I should probably wrap up this post by answering the question some of you might be asking: Who’s Vic Koenning? He’s Kansas State’s co-defensive coordinator and formerly the defensive coordinator at Clemson and Troy, and before all of that he was head coach at Wyoming. His last name, by the way, is pronounced CONE-ing.

105 comments Add your comment

DawgnMd

December 18th, 2009
2:02 am

FIRST! come on down Vic!

LAST

December 18th, 2009
2:03 am

Project Dawg

December 18th, 2009
2:03 am

I wouldn’t be impressed with that hire as a dawg fan. I’m hoping for someone that will strike a little more fear in the SEC.

LAST

December 18th, 2009
2:04 am

dawgsNC2010

December 18th, 2009
2:12 am

If Vic prefers the ILLosers then its better he is not coming to Athens. I mean he prefers to stay gloomy, sad, miserable, and not to mention a loser for 200+ days in a year. UGA needs to tap into some new, young and unknown talent. Known DC’s are so overated. Need something new.

DawgnMd

December 18th, 2009
2:12 am

I dunno Project Dawg. You should check out his stats as DC at Clemson. With Dog’s talent I could imagine him fitting in.

brett

December 18th, 2009
3:00 am

Ewwww.. As a diehard dawg fan, i am absolutely THRILLED we are not getting “vic koenning” just on the simple fact that Kansas State’s defense was almost as horribe as UGA’s this year. Please, CMR, get somebody who is proven among the elite, and who isn’t afraid of new schemes and blitz packages. Make it a Merry Christmas present for all of us Dawg fans..

AugDawg

December 18th, 2009
3:25 am

k state gave up over 35 points 3 times this yr. sound fa
miliar? i heard he was gone to illini and got happy he was off the table. ill take unproven
manny diaz over this guy almost without question

AugDawg

December 18th, 2009
4:32 am

was digging up some info on this guy and found where clemson fans labeled his defense as “bend but dont win”. like i asked earlier, does this sound familiar? aka bend but dont break… im trying to figure out what cmr sees in this guy or his coaching. i just hope it is more than he reminds him of his good old buddy willie and its not a sentemental move. im really trying to like him but nothing ive read has enthused me that hes considering taking the job or that cmr has offered it for that matter.

Tommy bow Wow den

December 18th, 2009
5:39 am

Vic aint all that you stupid mutts. Better be glad he went to ILLi…… Markie boy will be leaving UGa in a couple of years anyway….

David Crisp

December 18th, 2009
5:50 am

Koenning seems to be mirror image of Willie. WHY on earth would we want that?

Tommy

December 18th, 2009
5:55 am

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Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

December 18th, 2009
6:09 am

Hire Bill Withers with that “Lean on Me” Defense !!!

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

December 18th, 2009
6:32 am

CMR cant close the deal just like his football team ! Ha HA HA HA

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lakerat

December 18th, 2009
6:56 am

This guy’s waffling reminds me of a preacher from KS (no, not Glenn Mason, you Bulldog fans) who was “called” to be the pastor of a church in Stone Mountain. The announcement was made to the congregation here, then the guy changed his mind.

Seems his wife had other ideas – and, evidently, her calling to her husband was much stronger than God’s call!

The Keonning Saga « Leather Helmet Blog

December 18th, 2009
7:35 am

[...] Here’s the AJC take: Koenning also has talked with Georgia about its DC opening, and by some accounts  Georgia’s interest in him went from tepid to torrid on Thursday. [...]

dawgfan from athens

December 18th, 2009
7:42 am

I wonder if the approach, “which DC will be able to stop
Auburn, Florida, Tenn and GT offenses” is being taken?
Obiviously not with a hire like Koenning even being
Considered (Willy clone- ask any Clemson fan!!!). As a UGA
Fan, alumni and Athens native, I am a little weary of how
the current admin handles the program. It seems like UGA
Is Coached by Forrest Gump. :(

War Eagke

December 18th, 2009
8:11 am

View from an outsider. Would Koenning really accept a job from Zook who is hanging on by a string at Illinois if Georgia was really interested? Doesn’t seem to make sense. Joe Schad must have been bored and felt like writing something.

just a fan

December 18th, 2009
8:41 am

UGA needs to go ahead and get North Carolina’s DC Everett Withers and be done with it

K. Smart

December 18th, 2009
8:43 am

Joe Schad has a history of throwing stuff on twitter and hoping it sticks. In his haste to be first to report it, he may want to get his facts straight. Why would Richt be after Koenning after Richt just told us it could be January before he announces something?

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Don't be a sucker

December 18th, 2009
8:53 am

Just because ESPN says Georgia is interested, so the Coach can get a better deal, doesn’t mean it’s really happening. Ask Bud Foster. A lot of these guys start a rumor like that to try and land a deal or get more money.

Arthur Digby Sellers

December 18th, 2009
9:03 am

This is getting out of control. No way CMR contacted this guy. Its gonna be Bumpass, Withers or Smart. Thats it. And I hope its Bumpass or Withers because I thnk Smart could end up being a disaster. Is anyone else thinking this too? Saban calls all the shots. CMR lets his coordinators run wild. We need someone that has proven he can manage a D on his own. Smarts not there yet. If we get him it could be CWM jr.

Dawg Tired

December 18th, 2009
9:05 am

As for Koenning – My view is we need someone who will coach more aggressively on defense. This bend but don’t break stuff drives me crazier than I already am after too many years of CWM. Bottom line is we don’t need any more of this bend but don’t break mentality.

Bill

December 18th, 2009
9:07 am

I don’t want someone from the ACC – that’s pee wee football using flags instead of tackling

BeeLover

December 18th, 2009
9:11 am

Give it up Bradley…..your insistence in writing about inconsequential matters such as this is driving me up the wall. Again, why would any really good DC want to come to Georgia? Write a good sports story…..there’s gotta be one out there somewhere…..dig man.

Walter Sobchak

December 18th, 2009
9:18 am

Kirby Smart, we’re personally, tremendous fans … just like we are of Arthur Digby Sellers, who wrote “Branded.” !50 episode, the bulk of the series.

ddawgdavis

December 18th, 2009
9:19 am

Here we go again: Smart, Muschamp, Koenning, Erk, ain’t walking through that door people! Get over it! Better yet stop it…..

DC is a big deal because of recruiting and coaching on the field. We need someone who is ready to move up to the next level.

Sal Sunseri of Alabama is a HUGE choice! In fact, rumor has it he interviewed this pas week?.?.?

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
9:20 am

the dawgs defense will be way better anyways just because the defense will be made up of upperclassmen, unlike the last two years. ala and fla just two years ago had two of the worst defenses in the sec/ country. they both had freshmen and soph mostly just like uga has had the last two years. whoever richt gets will have tons of talent to work with. most of you guys wont be happy with any guy he picks because your a bunch of negative complaining goofs who have no clue on how to run a defense except the one you play on madden…martinez would have a top 10 defense in 2010 if given the chance with jrs and seniors next year just like the new guy will. no worries here on how good the dogs defense will be. they have the talent always will just a matter of letting the young fresh and sophs grow up…

GT Rules your face

December 18th, 2009
9:23 am

These coaches know a sinking ship when they see one. Have a great time in Shreveport. Its BEAUTIFUL this time of year. And when you get back, you can go back to your second class lives.

Me? Ill be in Miami….AHAHAHHAHAAHA

Bunch of Babies

December 18th, 2009
9:25 am

Willie, will you please come back and coach us? We realize now that we can’t do any better?

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
9:26 am

well you better enjoy mia while you can tech fans…might be another 40 years or so until you go to another. with pj there running that high school offense and the ga southern recruits coming in..you guys will really suck for years to come..=)

sturn

December 18th, 2009
9:29 am

BeeLover you live in Bulldog Country. “We run this state,” and you know it. Get over it.

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
9:29 am

want to see a sinking ship?..look at techs program..just a matter of time when pj will be ran out of town..his teams, without gailys players ,will be looking like a high school team out there getting thumped by the big boys of college football. your 2-3 star ga southern recruits will be lit up..

sturn

December 18th, 2009
9:36 am

atl-xmen, do you not remember 2005 when Ga Southern ran up 350+ yards. Do not be naive!

sam

December 18th, 2009
9:41 am

i agree that tech is just one or two players from 5-6 years

alldawgsgotohell

December 18th, 2009
9:42 am

SHREVEPORT!!!! SHREVEPORT!!!! SHREVEPORT!!!!

SHREVEPORT!!!! SHREVEPORT!!!! SHREVEPORT!!!!

SING IT WITH ME!! OOO, TO SHREVEPORT WE GO!! TO SHREVEPORT WE GO!!! HI HO A CRAPPY BOWL TO SHREVEPORT WE GO!!!!

dawghead

December 18th, 2009
9:45 am

Why in the world would we be trying to hire Vic Koenning for DC? We might as well just call Willie back if that is the case. You cant tell me that their is not better DC out there that would be interested in the position. I mean come on Georgia is like the 3rd or 4th best state as far high school talent. I tell you one thing Evans better quit pinching pennies when it comes to such an important hire or he and Richt or going to be looking for new jobs in a couple of years. Again Vic Koenning, Vic Freakin Koenning are you kidding me. The Dawgs desperately need to get this right and I for one would have DICK BUMPAS on the phone right after TCU’s game is over.

2centsdawg

December 18th, 2009
9:45 am

Bottom line: There is no inside information. We will know when CMR steps to the podium with KS (just kidding, maybe)

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
9:45 am

sturn..i watched that game in 2004. uga had there starters out after the 1 qt so dont bring that 350+ on here so your the naive one..most of those yards were given up in the 2nd half when all of our starters were sitting…

The Grinch

December 18th, 2009
9:49 am

Don’t want him. Come on, Zook, land this guy. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
9:53 am

dawghead..what has bumpas done that vic hasnt done? at least vic runs his defense..bumpas doesnt even call the shots on his defense. line his resume’ next to vic koanning and vics has way more expierence..bumpas? are you kidding me

Geechee Dawg

December 18th, 2009
9:56 am

Dig up Erk, dress him in a black shirt with the sleeves ripped out, smear his bald head with blood, stick a cigar in his mouth, and prop him up on the sideline. Heck, dig up James Brown too, put a psychadelic get-up on him and prop him up in front of the student section. Banish all those embarrassing painted-up kooks, and put a hard rock band in the middle of the Red Coat Marching Band playing Frankenstein. “What it was was football.”

Otto

December 18th, 2009
9:56 am

Shreveport is still better than Boise.

The Grinch

December 18th, 2009
9:59 am

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
9:53 am

How can Bumpas be expected to control the bulldogs defense when he can’t even control his own dogs. I mean, after all, his dogs ran around unsupervised and destroyed Ralphie’s Christmas turkey. Oops, I watched “A Christmas Story” again last night. Never mind. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!

The Grinch

December 18th, 2009
10:00 am

Geechee Dawg

December 18th, 2009
9:56 am

Great Andy Griffith story.

atl-xmen

December 18th, 2009
10:02 am

haha..great movie..bumpas! bumpas! bumpaaas!..

Jason

December 18th, 2009
10:02 am

Well………….it’s official we have just hired Willie Martinez back. If we hire this guy from Kansas State then I can guarntee that Mark Richt will get fired in 2 years and Rennie Curran and Raeshad Jones will leave early.

dawgy2003

December 18th, 2009
10:03 am

Please be advised if you are CMR:

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers- Sal Sunseri
Defensive Ends/Nutritionist- David Pollack
D-Tackles/Recruiting Coordinator- CRG or Travis Jones if CRG leaves
Secondary/Special Teams- Manny Diaz (can help recruit Miami)

Please say NO to Vic Koening!!!!!!!!
-Withers is not gonna leave Charlotte
-Bumpas is not gonna leave TCU because he is too loyal to Patterson
-Kirby is not gonna leave Satan unless for a HC position
-Travis Jones does not have the experience yet as a coordinator
-Will is not gonna leave Texas unless for a HC position
-If Tuberville or anyone else currently not working were being considered then they would have already been named