Notes on coaching hires . . .

– Interesting that Mark Richt’s two hires so far for his defensive staff –- Todd Grantham and Scott Lakatos – are people he had never met before the process began.

– In fact, he didn’t meet Lakatos –- a good friend of Grantham’s -– until this past weekend.

– Grantham isn’t the highest paid defensive coordinator in college football, but he’s the highest paid who isn’t the head coach’s father (Monte Kiffin) or the head-coach-in-waiting (Will Muschamp).

– Hiring Grantham, who has been in the NFL for the past 11 years, and Lakatos, who has spent his entire career in the Northeast, certainly affirmed a desire for new sets of eyes and ideas.

– Lakatos on the adjustment to a new recruiting territory: “I’m from the Northeast, and the jobs I’ve had have been pretty much in [that]  region, but the jobs . . . have had a lot of exposure to different communities. I’ve recruited in Florida, Louisiana; I’ve been in California, junior colleges, Kansas, Oklahoma. . . . From an adjustment standpoint, I look at it like recruiting is all about communication and hard work and . . . getting in contact and being able to talk about your program and what you have to offer. Where I’m from vs. who I’m talking to –- when you present the opportunities you can gain by going to a school like Georgia, I think [past experiences and geography] are less important. It’s more important that I can help prospective athletes make decisions.”

– Lakatos plans to arrive in Georgia by Wednesday evening and be on the road recruiting Thursday.

– It’s still unclear how Richt will define the duties of the coach he hires for the one remaining opening on Georgia’s  staff, or  how he’ll handle the special-teams coaching duties. Lakatos was asked Monday if he knows, based on his talks with Richt, what special teams he’ll be coaching, if any.  “That’s stuff he’s kind of still working through,” Lakatos said, “and has a number of different options he could go. . . . . We didn’t get into any specifics about that.”

– Spring practice is going to be unusually interesting -– the quarterback competition, the defensive makeover to the 3-4, the new coaches, position changes.

– And if you missed it, there will be 25 players from SEC schools playing in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30, including two from Georgia: defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens. Alabama has the largest representation (five players), followed by LSU (4) and Ole Miss (3).

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Saint Simons

January 19th, 2010
10:54 am


January 19th, 2010
10:54 am

Grantham's Stout

January 19th, 2010
10:55 am

Tells me Richt was looking outside his circle, looking for the best guy for the job, regardless of where he was, up north, or in the NFL.

Couldn’t have done better than getting Grantham as DC, the guy that spurned and turned down Saban.


January 19th, 2010
10:59 am

Any news on a date for spring gday game? I’ve looked at UGA site and googled with no luck.

now tha't funny

January 19th, 2010
11:02 am

We must turn into a running team if we are going to win the NC. Run the ball. Use our fullbacks. Run the ball.

David Crisp

January 19th, 2010
11:04 am

Fourth! Highest ever! From what I am reading I think it is going to be a great year defensively for the Dawgs. I think the new staff is going to be a much needed breath of fresh air to the Bulldog Nation

Tim Tucker

January 19th, 2010
11:04 am

Russ: Sounds like G-Day Game will be April 10, although the last I heard it wasn’t 100 percent locked in.

Black Panther

January 19th, 2010
11:07 am

Congrats to Saint Simons from coming out of his mother’s basement in order to blog. Now, here is your well deserved consolation prize……………(((((((30-24)))))))!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Dawgs rule you pencil-pushing, gimmick offense geeks!!! Now fix a sandwich and go back downstairs to your makeshift apartment and your blow up doll!!! You are a complete LOSER!!


January 19th, 2010
11:12 am

Great to see fresh blood on the coaching staff. This Lakatos has an impressive resume concerning pass defense. Very good. Hopefully he can add to Grantham’s scheme in a big way.

Speaking of the 3-4 scheme, would’ve been cool to see Willie use it some last year with those mammoth DTs across the front or with Owens in middle and Tripp and Dobbs at DE. Gotta have beefier DEs to play this scheme.

I would imagine Stripling becomes an outside linebacker now? Way too small to play DE in 3-4.

Whomever was in charge of the return game last year needs to stay put. Was it Tony Ball? We looked light years better with that.

Mark Bradley & Jeff Shultz

January 19th, 2010
11:16 am

We expect UGA to go 4-8 and Mark Richt to be hired a pastor of Ebeneezer Baptist Church.
We also expect that GT will win the NC and that AL Groh was the greatest hire since Sherman’s promotion. (Even though his last team got beat by Bill & Mary’s School for Women’s Liberal Arts, but please don’t tell anyone.)


January 19th, 2010
11:17 am

Wow Saint Simons, I thought you crawled under a rock…or maybe that was I hoped you crawled under a rock


January 19th, 2010
11:20 am

St. Simons is my Aunt

January 19th, 2010
11:23 am

I want to welcome St. Simons back with a hardy hand clasp and a (((30-24))) reminder.

Can you say Orange Bowl losers… I knew you could?

(((73-66))) LOL!!!

Bremen Dawg

January 19th, 2010
11:24 am

I think I am going the G -Day game this year, will be very interesting to see this new D. I think that Richt has went out of his comfort zone to find good people with new ideas and I like that.


January 19th, 2010
11:30 am

As for the new coaches; UGA will be alright if we do not turn the ball over as much and make dump mistakes with penalties like this past year.

Joe M

January 19th, 2010
11:41 am

Just recruit em, coach em, and win with em.

Lee Corso

January 19th, 2010
11:51 am

These are good days my friends- it’s time for Georgia fans to take a step back from ledge and try to enjoy the renewal and remaking of Georgia football in the Mark Richt era. There will be growing pains but it’s going to be fun to watch.

Lee Corso's Nut Sack

January 19th, 2010
11:57 am

Not so fast my friend – this is a GREAT hire! Now Lee, put that cream on bceuase I can’t breathe down here.


January 19th, 2010
12:10 pm

Tim, is Rodney Garner really still telling recruits that he’s going to be back next season? Really?


January 19th, 2010
12:13 pm

Travis Jones sounds like a winner!


January 19th, 2010
12:13 pm

Allbarn sucks


January 19th, 2010
12:54 pm

Looking forward to this decade of UGA football.It will be fun to watch Mark Richt revamp the O and let the D finally have a GATA attitude.

promove dawg fan

January 19th, 2010
12:56 pm

Saint Simon hahahahahahahah you’re back. Now can you say (((((((30-24)))))))? tell thomas thanks for droping the pass there at the end. if he had put down the calculator just a second earlier it could’ve been different. In Athens won’t be much different this year. Kind of like most recently. 30-24 or 8 of 9. In any case you suck St. Simon. What a joke.

not so fast my friend

January 19th, 2010
12:57 pm

You losers got to get over this first B.S. I get sick of having to scroll past that nonsense to read the actual comments. For the 1 millionth time, nobody cares if you are first. Grow up, move out of your parents house and get life!


January 19th, 2010
1:03 pm


January 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

Hopefully next year Georgia will have a QB who doesn’t average 3 ints and a fumble a game. Hopefully the Bulldogs won’t get 100 yards in penalty yardage every game next year.


January 19th, 2010
1:19 pm

All I have read/heard is the Travis Jones is a great recruiter and he played at UGA………I think it would be great if he was hired.

what the hey?

January 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

DORKS!!!!! For those who constantly post FIRST!! Get a life!


January 19th, 2010
1:29 pm

Unless Travis Jones is going to be a special teams coach I would keep looking guys sorry.

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE

January 19th, 2010
1:33 pm

Looking forward to the 3-4 defense and making it 9 out of 10 vs. tech this fall in Athens.


January 19th, 2010
1:35 pm

I agree with you some what, but I think it would be a great idea to give Travis Jones a call….

Last year the special teams were broken up among the position coach.
From what I have hear Fabris coached the Kick-Off team and the Punt-return team…….the two parts of UGA’s special teams that were not good… with them gone that may solve the problem……

If given the choice between Travis Jones or a special teams coach……..UGA should pick Jones.

Fair and Balanced

January 19th, 2010
1:54 pm

Could be good hires. We will know in about 10 months. 10 wins minimum and contention for the East and possible BCS bowl with top 10 ranking at end of it all. Nothing less will satisfy or justify.


January 19th, 2010
1:54 pm

I wonder if Curran and maybe Jones to a certain extent were really waiting to see who Richt was going to hire before making draft decisions. I would think that if I was a linebacker, I’d love playing in this defense, especially after playing in Willie’s touch football system for the last three years; and if I was a safety/head hunter, I’d love it even more. I would think it would be a license to absolutely pop some people. Can they still change their minds? But would they if they could?


January 19th, 2010
2:01 pm


If they have signed with an agent the answer is no……

I doubt they would change their minds….For a while I thought Curran was waiting to see who the new DC was and got tired of waiting. I am sure that it is really hard to turn down the $$$. I wish them both the best of luck.


January 19th, 2010
2:31 pm

Who will have more wins next year, Paul Johnson or Chan Gailey?

Keydet Dawg

January 19th, 2010
2:45 pm

Some of you are saying UGA can’t lock down the state due to the amount of in-state talent for various reasons, such as: competion, UGA does not pursue such as grades, behavioral issues etc.

The truth of the matter is that UGA is getting beat on in-state talent, by kids they want and are recruiting heavily or they recruit them to late because UGA was chasing out of state talent. When the out of state talent turns them down, then they pursue kids that are there second or third option. By that time the kids have already been shown the “love” from other schools for months and have formed trust and bonds with other coaches. Ask any high school coach in Georgia, they tell their players UGA offers late. I understand the coaches have to break down film and evaluate, but so do the Florida’s and Alabama’s and they offer the kids way eariler, so what is going on here?

Here is a list of missed opportunities, that UGA pressed hard for, a majority turned down UGA because they were not pursued like other schools pursued them:

Keydet Dawg

January 19th, 2010
2:25 pm
SouthGaDawg88, not sure on the fact that uga has missed on any offensive recruitis instate. Based on the list of offers:
-Mack Brown, visited UGA twice. Committed to Florida.
-Tai-ler Jones, visited UGA. Committed to Notre Dame.
-Antonio Godwin, visited UGA, coaches made two in home visits, going to clemson.
-JaWuan James *They wanted him bad, a true big OL commited to Tennesse.
David Beasley *Another kid they want bad. However UGA has an official visit January 22nd, UGA trying to flip the VC. Big OL commited to Clemson.

If we were to jump to the defensive side of the ball
-Neiron Ball – Florida commitment.
-Adrian Hubbard – Alabama commitment, Under Armour All American
-Blake Sims – Alabama, Richt made several in home visits, his family even has a picture of Richt on the wall, per reports. UGA offered almost a half a year later than Bama.
-Corey Crawford – Clemson
-Michal Taylor – Florida, UGA wanted recruit, recruited hard.
-Telvin Smith – Florida State, numerous visists by UGA staff.

Saint Simmons

January 19th, 2010
2:49 pm

I am a jackass, but atleast I went to tech and now jack’s UGA ass is working for me.


January 19th, 2010
3:07 pm

His parents have a picture on him on the wall and they send him some where else…really…haters are soooooo funny!!!


January 19th, 2010
3:09 pm

It normally takes two years to see significant progress when changing from the 4-3 to the 3-4…Lets just watch the games and enjoy them for what they are……a football game….GO DAWGS!!!!


January 19th, 2010
3:11 pm

Where did you go, Louie? Did you get scared of the doggies and skip on us?

UM, ah what about the out of state BIG TIMERS

January 19th, 2010
3:21 pm

No, UGA does not get all the players in Georgia. No, they sure do not. Neither does Alabama or Auburn get all of the players in Alabama. Neither do FSU and Florida get all the players there. Certainly Spurrier and Bowdon wanted AJ Green and Trint Sturdivant and even, yes, Joe Cox.

A major school can get players from just about any surrounding state and to say that you have to get them “all in your home state “tells me, that you did not even attend a junior college. To suggest that if no, then your program is failing is indication of an idiot trying to be intelliigent.

Terry Hogue, Tim Worley and Rodney Hampton and David Scwack (UGA captain in 70s ) and Charlie Tripps an Franki Sinkwich were NOT from state of Georgia. FSU’s LAST Heisman of a few years ago was from Minnesota. Remember?

When you post here to knock UGA ……….you had better bring some facts.

Go Dogs.


January 19th, 2010
3:33 pm

Get your facts straight first, then you can distort them as you please.

South FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

January 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

can we fast forward to Feb 3rd please?!


January 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

tek don’t know shiaat about facts,all they know are excuses.


January 19th, 2010
5:37 pm

I can’t wait till next year….. sic em Dawgs………….

SEXY Mark Richt

January 19th, 2010
7:59 pm

I’m glad I got Todd Grantham


January 19th, 2010
9:36 pm

To the little jackhammer- No if you notice I am right here,son. Check posts between 8-10 pm through the week, early , midday , and evenings on the weekend.
Now,today I see cmr didn’t even know his new coach from Conn., but he hired him on the spot taking Grantham’s approval.
You see, when you have been turned down over and over before , you take what you can get.
Can’t wait to see this circus.

Denver Dog

January 20th, 2010
12:01 am

Louie, Smoke some more of that dope that makes you write such stupid stuff. Who got turned down by whom? We got the second guy we chased, and if Smart had come to us Todd was going to Bama. Todd turned down Saban two years ago. Maybe we should have hired Leach, or someone else that had been fired, kind of like Tech did, you know with Mr. Groh. WIlliam and Mary, Wyoming, and others strike a familiar note?

Denver Dog

January 20th, 2010
12:05 am

Need some other out of staters, how about Bill Krug,Bil Zambiasi, Terrell Davis, Jake Scott, Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Massaquoi, John Brantley, the father of Florida’s QB. Lars Tate, Mo Lewis, the list goes on and on, and those are just some that I can remember sitting here. So our recruits come from all over, and do a great job for all the Dog Nation.