Report: Willie Martinez has ‘change of heart,’ takes job at Oklahoma

Former Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez apparently is in high demand.

Rivals.com this morning reports that Martinez  has accepted an assistant coaching job at Oklahoma several days after reportedly accepting a similar job at Stanford.

Here’s the latest  report from national football writer Tom Dienhart:

Willie Martinez has accepted an assistant coaching job at Oklahoma, Rivals.com has learned.

Martinez recently took a position as secondary coach at Stanford, but he has had a change of heart. Martinez coached defensive backs for nine seasons at Georgia and was defensive coordinator for five years in Athens before being fired after last season.

Oklahoma hasn’t announced a hire of Martinez.

An opening was created on head coach Bob Stoops‘ Oklahoma staff when defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator Chris Wilson left to become the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Mississippi State.

Because Martinez’s background is in coaching defensive backs, The Oklahoman newspaper notes on its Website this morning: “It’s unclear what position group he’ll coach in Norman if the report is true.”

Stay tuned.

76 comments Add your comment

I Run This State

February 1st, 2010
10:23 am

Big 12 could be a perfect fit for him…they don’t play defense in that conference. Nobody notices if the D gives up 30+ points a game…

Logic

February 1st, 2010
10:27 am

Yeah, but the Big XII is known for good QBs.

SEC has a Big ZERO at the most important position in the field.

Fair and Balanced

February 1st, 2010
10:28 am

I’ve got to admit – “I Run This State” is right. What I don’t understand is how anyone would hire him to coach DB’s when GA was so terrible in the secondary the last couple of years.

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

February 1st, 2010
10:30 am

I never personally disliked Willie. I just thought that he wasn’t consistent enough to be our DC. That being said, of course I want him (and the other coaches we let go) to get other positions.

I’m just curious what he would do specifically at OU. I mean, OU has a terrific defense already. Did one of their guys leave, and OU’s just filling the whole or are they replacing one of their guys with Willie? I’m curious to see how it plays out and I wish Willie the best.

Logic

February 1st, 2010
10:31 am

Defensive Ends coach – Chris Wilson, took a co-defensive coordinator job @ Miss State.

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

February 1st, 2010
10:32 am

*Replace “whole” with “hole.” Dang typos…

GeoffDawg

February 1st, 2010
10:34 am

He always was a pretty good DB coach under Van Gorder, just not coordinator material. Good luck and good riddance wherever he ends up.

SimpleDawg

February 1st, 2010
10:38 am

The guy is probably a good DB coach. He’s just not very good at designing an overall defensive scheme. The bend but don’t break defense usually breaks against the better teams.

Good luck Willie. We’ll be better off with a pressure defense…..it certainly makes your corners and safties look better.

DARRIEL

February 1st, 2010
10:38 am

LOGIC…are you not familiar with the names Peyton Manning, (best qb in the nfl),), the SEC leads the NFL in projected starters with seven. Eli and Peyton Manning are the headline performers, but a contingent of young arms like Jay Cutler (Denver Broncos), JaMarcus Russell (Oakland Raiders) Matthew Stafford (top pick in last year’s draft) and Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins) are on the verge of becoming impact quarterbacks in the NFL.

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10:49 am

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jaglaw

February 1st, 2010
10:50 am

Does UGA play Oklahoma soon…..sure would help our next QBs confidence!

BigGAdawg

February 1st, 2010
10:53 am

Fair and Balanced, Maybe they like porous soft zone defenses where everyone is out of position much of the time and tries to arm tackle when they do get hold of the offense.

redeployed dawg

February 1st, 2010
10:54 am

As long as Martinez can concentrate solely on the secondary, I think he is a great coach. He did well at UGA until he became D Coordinator. I think he was in over his head there. And don’t kid yourselves, the reason OU is hiring him is to try to take advantage of his recruiting connections in GA and FL.

Schlagdawg

February 1st, 2010
10:55 am

Darriel, if you have to use JaMarcus Russell to support your argument, I think the rules state that you automatically lose… LOL

Cuz

February 1st, 2010
10:59 am

I think he realized that Stanford has a tree as a mascot and he went looking elsewhere.

Eat and Tweet

February 1st, 2010
11:03 am

Owensjeff @11:00 AM here at Aunt Jemimah’s Pancake House taking in seconds of the Belly Buster plate. Impressed the NFL scouts last week. Feel much better this morning but Im a little worried about Michelle Obama being appointed Fat Czar by the Prez. Congrats to Coach Willie cause he knows defense. Later dreggs…..

Otis

February 1st, 2010
11:17 am

Willie mite not have been the problem at UGA.

CWM was a recruiter???

February 1st, 2010
11:18 am

If CWM recruited any DBs while at UGA, and that is very, very up for debate, they were always about 5′6″ like Prince Miller. Yes, a few of them do play in the NFL but I am just not so sure that he recruited them. His name rarely appeared as to who the recruiting coach was by a kid’s name, come signing day.

That Robey kid in Florida was apparently recruited by CWM and he has since bailed on UGA but I am sure that TG did not want him at 5′6″. UGA can do better than with CWM’s midgets. We will not miss Robey or the Valdosta kid of last year that ultimately signed with FSU and did some nice things there on punts,etc. He too was 5′6″.
Good luck to CWM …………..I am sure that he needed a change of venue. Best for all parties. UGA needed to freshen up the staff anyway.

Go Dogs.

chipperdawg

February 1st, 2010
11:20 am

Eat & Tweet… Now thats funny, I don’t care who you are!!

Draggin' Fly

February 1st, 2010
11:21 am

Cost of living-wise Palo Alto is 178% more expensive than Norman. Unless you’re making HC money it’s an economic no-brainer.

bigdawg01

February 1st, 2010
11:21 am

Otis,
He was the problem. He coached the whole defense as well as the DB’s. Watch any game where we got torched, and you will notice a similar pattern. The corners (especially Bryan Evans) never look for the ball in the air. Also, watch the back pedalling and inability to stay with a receiver who is not running a straight route. He was the DB coach and fundamentally he did not develop the players. Sorry dude, good luck in OK.

bigdawg01

February 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Yes, I know Evans was at safety, but he was moved over from corner however he had same problems. Could not cover an old woman in a wheel chair.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

February 1st, 2010
11:27 am

“I think he realized that Stanford has a tree as a mascot and he went looking elsewhere.”

Good one, Cuz!

robodawg

February 1st, 2010
11:29 am

I agree with SimpleDawg and redeployed … CWM seems like he knows his stuff when it comes to DBs. Plus, he’s a great recruiter. I guess it would’ve been inappropriate to ask him to accept a demotion and stay at UGA. Best of luck to him, and hope he doesn’t pull any great DBs away from us in head to head recruiting.

Ed

February 1st, 2010
11:34 am

Never been to Palo Alto, but I would think it would be a nicer place than Norman, which is a part of the country not known for its good weather. Sounds like a great career opportunity either way, so good luck Coach Martinez.

collegeballfan

February 1st, 2010
11:35 am

If I remember correctly Martinez has put 11 UGA defensive backs in the NFL with another going this year. Anyone out there with a better record?

Jeffro Bodeen

February 1st, 2010
11:36 am

Willie would be a great addition to ANY staff. I’d love to have him on the sidelines to ask “What would you do in this situation”? Success would surely follow those that went in THE EXACT OPPOSITE DIRECTION!!! He is a South pointing compass waiting to lead someone else (Thank God not UGA)in the wrong direction. Boomer Sooner!!!

SEC4Life

February 1st, 2010
11:45 am

@ I Run This State – I totally agree.

@ CWM Was a Recruiter??? – I think the head recruiter’s name is/was Rodney Garner, but I could be mistaken.

In any event, whether or not it was him or CWM doing the DB recruiting, I hope the new DC starts recruiting safeties and corners taller than 5′10″. I love my Dawgs, but their “speed vs. size” approach to recruiting was starting to become an achilles heel. This became evident in games against teams with big, physical WRs.

Slick Willie

February 1st, 2010
11:53 am

An assistant coach’s salary goes a heckuva lot further in Norman than in Palo Alto.

barneyb

February 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

How do guys like Martinez keep landing jobs???

DaveDawg

February 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

He did well against Okie State and his scheme/players did well against Texas A&M.

WillieYikes

February 1st, 2010
12:15 pm

Willie’s Position: Waterboy Bobby BooShay

rob

February 1st, 2010
12:28 pm

Good for him and his family. I didn’t want him as our DC anymore, but everyone deserves a fresh start and the ability to do what they know how and love to do.

Tiny12

February 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

Willie will teach the Sooner defense how to draw multiple penalties, play 4 feet off of receivers and arm tackle whenever (rare) cantact is made.

willie martinez

February 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

hold your horses! i am not taking either job. Ive decided to sit on 10th and Piedmont and collect money from Tech students. Remember I techys i let you win that one in 08. I tried last year but Mark finally got me.

memphisdawg

February 1st, 2010
12:30 pm

i should have been a coach. CWM’s defenses have been awful everywhere he has coached. His Central Michigan days were horrible as were all stops along the way (Minus three years @ UGA when Van Gorder was the DC). Really, check out his resume.
Anyways, he must be a good interviewer; b/c his on the field performance never showed.

Tiny12

February 1st, 2010
12:32 pm

Make that “contact”.

promove dawg fan

February 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

Logic

February 1st, 2010
10:27 am
Yeah, but the Big XII is known for good QBs.

SEC has a Big ZERO at the most important position in the field

I guess that’s true except for the fact that last years first pick was Stafford…QB…UGA

Joe

February 1st, 2010
12:52 pm

No paper is as good at reporting on other reporters’ work as the AJC.

Russ the Temporary Mascot

February 1st, 2010
1:12 pm

Good for Willie! Now let him to try and paint the butts of the little ponies that pull that wagon across the field. I hope they kick his brains out.

Andre

February 1st, 2010
1:44 pm

Willie was a scapegoat, nothing more. Grantham, Strong, or Smart couldn’t have coached that lackluster talent to less then 3 losses.

Yellow Fuzz

February 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

It’s great that Jeff Whitaker just chose Auburn over the dogs. Rumour has it that Outback Steakhouse gave him a lot of gift certificates to chose them. And lastly, and almost as funny, is that Miami was actually his second choice ahead of his home state school. Told you everyone is SICK of the obnoxiuos dog fans. Nobody wants to be playing and see half of the stadium get up and leave in the 4th qtr when your down by six points! Hahhahahahahaha

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MattDawg

February 1st, 2010
2:43 pm

The big 12 doesnt play defense anyway so he should fit right in!!

Boss Dog

February 1st, 2010
3:03 pm

Darell you forgot Georgia Fran Tarkenton , Alabama Joe Namath, Alabama Bart Starr Alabama Ken Stabler, David Woodley LSU To go with Peyton Maning Eli Manning Rex Grossman Matthew Stafford among others..the defense oin the SEC is so good that most QB’S are so beat up by the time they get to the NFL they cant make it true enough but look at the ones that have Quite a few that went and going to the SUPER BOWL and some that made it several times and didnt win with Tarkenton He was tough as nails and a great QB to be so dadgum little but tough as nails never the less and gave it his all

James

February 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

Good for Willie. Glad to see him back on his feet. He showed me everything I needed to see about his character at the end of the UGA/GT game when he looked as though the team had just lost by 50, but actually had pulled the upset. He was devastated he had to leave. He’s a good Dawg and I wish him well!!

Yellow Fuzz

February 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

bwell

February 1st, 2010
3:23 pm

GOOD RITTENS!!!!!!!!!! Hope I could have seen him go west ……..into the ocean. Big 12 perfect fit, no defense, no one cares. So perfect match.

dan

February 1st, 2010
3:28 pm

Whats going to be bad isn’t whether Willie fails, but if he goes to Oklahoma and is successful. That will show that the problems at UGA last season were bigger than Willie.

JB

February 1st, 2010
3:34 pm

Unless he’s the DC it will be kinda hard to tell. That said, I dont think these teams wewre paying much attention.

HBTD!!!