Texas hires Searels as offensive line coach

(UPDATE:) Texas has completed its deal with Stacy Searels and plans an announcement later Thursday afternoon of his hire as offensive line coach.

8:45 p.m. Wednesday:

Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels traveled Wednesday afternoon to Austin, Texas, where a website covering University of Texas athletics, Orangebloods.com, reported Wednesday night that he accepted an offer to become the Longhorns’ offensive line coach.

Texas has not yet announced a hire.

Texas head coach Mack Brown has been seeking an offensive line coach since the December retirement of Mac McWhorter. Auburn O-line coach Jeff Grimes last week turned down the position.

Searels and his wife, Patricia, left Athens-Ben Epps Airport on a private plane to Austin shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.  They were picked up in Austin by Brown’s wife, Sally, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Neither Searels nor Georgia officials have commented on the matter.

Searels, a native of Trion, Ga., has been the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach since 2007. He previously was offensive line coach at LSU, Cincinnati and Appalachian State.

Georgia’s offensive line was expected to be a pillar of the 2010 team but drew much criticism as the Bulldogs struggled to run the ball effectively. Georgia finished 10th in the SEC in rushing.

In another development Wednesday regarding Georgia’s O-line: Backup lineman Tanner Strickland won’t be back with the Bulldogs this year, having decided to skip his final season of eligibility.  He plans to complete his degree in speech communications and move on with life after football.

His Georgia career was slowed by shoulder problems. He was redshirted in 2007, played in 13 games in 2008, missed the 2009 season after shoulder surgery and played in 13 games in 2010, starting three.

– Tim Tucker, UGA blog

309 comments Add your comment

jbone

January 19th, 2011
4:51 pm

paint

January 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

Pimp C

January 19th, 2011
4:53 pm

Brooksdawg

January 19th, 2011
4:53 pm

falcon

January 19th, 2011
4:54 pm

can they throw Bobo into the mix and make it a package deal?

Drock

January 19th, 2011
4:54 pm

Good! I’m glad. He is also our running game cordinator as well and our running game has not featured a great running game. Our last good running year was with Moreno. Moreno was a good back however our running backs have had no where to run almost all the time. Our line appears to be very capable but we do not feature and strong cutbacks nor any inside Zone blocking schemes to help expose a strong running game!

Our pass blocking was very very weak as well! The O-line is very slow getting out of their stances and not very quick with their skills as far as containing the inside rush. More fundamentals and also a wide spread.

Neil Callaway

January 19th, 2011
4:55 pm

It has all been downhill since I left. Maybe CMR will hire a worthy coach to get the line back on track.

Brooksdawg

January 19th, 2011
4:55 pm

I hate to say it but—-78 couldnt block a soul…I know he was a senior but…

TEARS TEARS TEARS

January 19th, 2011
4:57 pm

oh no please dont go. I love not being able to run the ball or pass block. Murray is celebrating tonight!

Mike

January 19th, 2011
5:01 pm

Realistically, he probably sees this as his last year anyway considering that Richt probably won’t be there next year if we don’t do well. This is a strategic move for him.

Mike

January 19th, 2011
5:01 pm

I say get one of these Falcon’s assistance to get some mean in these dudes.

Bruce

January 19th, 2011
5:02 pm

What chance do we have of getting a decent coach now that Richt is officially on the Hotseat?

Bremen Dawg

January 19th, 2011
5:03 pm

Not sure what happened, but the O Line and running game has been terrible and I’m sure its not all his fault. He will probably go to Texas and they will lead the nation in rushing.

LagDawg

January 19th, 2011
5:03 pm

The big question is, if he decides to take the Texas job, can we make a competent hire to fill the positon? I personally don’t have faith CMR’s hiring and firing ability.

Paul N Destin

January 19th, 2011
5:05 pm

No way that it could be the players….I mean it has to be the coach…
Neil Callaway…I know you jest but the facts support your comment. Add in Van Gorder and you get the real story on UGA football. Searels is looking at the future. He will have to move on next year anyway so why not go now to a great program like UT.

Big Dawg Cobb

January 19th, 2011
5:06 pm

Lets hope the new AD handles the hiring.

6 and 7

January 19th, 2011
5:06 pm

It is Nick Fairley’s fault isn’t it? All the Georgia whiners think so.

mike bobo garbage play calling

January 19th, 2011
5:07 pm

Dont get on the plane back hoprfully is was a one way ticket

Bryan G.

January 19th, 2011
5:10 pm

Can he take Tony Ball with him?

Send em' All

January 19th, 2011
5:15 pm

Yes!! Take Searels. Also, can we toss in Bobo, Mark Bradley and Jeff Schultz? Combined they are the axis of evil out to destroy UGA football.

yogi2

January 19th, 2011
5:17 pm

PLease take Coach Bobo with you

yogi2

January 19th, 2011
5:19 pm

Coach Richt does not have the ability to know a good coach from a dud,
Bobo is good example

Spivedog

January 19th, 2011
5:19 pm

Please let this be true. Maybe we can find someone who can teach an OL how to open up holes for our RBs.

athdog

January 19th, 2011
5:20 pm

Well, let’s see. We hired Kirby Smart, a career defensive player and coach, to coach running backs a few years ago, Tony Ball, a receiver and receiver coach at Va Tech, to coach running backs before Kirby. Then after Kirby, we hired Brian McClendon, a receiver at Ga to coach running backs, so I imagine if Searles leaves to go to Texas, and I wouldn’t blame him, we’ll hire maybe Billy Bennett or perhaps David Greene to coach the line. Maybe TJ Gartrell, or perhaps even Jonas Hayes. Maybe Bobby Cox would like the job. Any of these would not surprise me. Coach Richt is apparently not an expert on football, anyway, based on his post season comments, so any of the above hires would not surprise me.

yogi2

January 19th, 2011
5:21 pm

Any decent coach will leave if Bobo remains offensive co-ordinator

Send em' All

January 19th, 2011
5:22 pm

haha @athdog. that’s pretty good. Maybe he will create a new coaching position the ” Disciplinarian” and hire Tonya Harding.

Who Cares

January 19th, 2011
5:24 pm

Wish he would have left 2 years ago. This is another of the many terrible hires by Richt. Richt want be able to hire a good O.L. coach to replace SS. Richt has proven over and over again that he is the worst head coach in the SEC when it comes to hiring and firing assistant coaches. This clown has promoted coaches from within the program that should have never been offered jobs, and he has let below average assts. stay on staff when it was obvious to everyone else that these guys couldn’t do there jobs. Garner, SS, Bobo, Ball, and McClendon should have been shown the door 2 years ago. It’s not that Richt is so loyal, the fact is he is lazy, and he doesn’t want to go through the process of evaluating and interviewing quality coaches. It’s so much easier to not make a decision at all, or to simply promote someone already on the staff. How has Bobo, and the loser Martinez worked out. Wish someone would have come after RIcht, so the new A.D. wouldn’t have to make decision next year. He has proven that he can’t make a decision either. Why is it that UGA is the only program in the SEC that has coaches and an A.D. that are afraid to make decisions? The hits just keep on coming for this pathetic athetic program

danbo

January 19th, 2011
5:24 pm

This will improve the team. He does not have a good track record at Georgia.

Coach Hewitt...

January 19th, 2011
5:27 pm

He is leaving UGA because he had enough. He is going to take a lateral move, or perhaps a demotion as coordinating the run game may not be in the picture at UT. Over the past two years when pressed for explanations on the state of the program from friends & family members, he was very careful with his words..but it was clear he did not respect the passive environment Richt had created. He also wanted to take the role of total development of his players to even working them out himself. Van Halanger shot that down. (VH also killed player requests to get private trainers)

allan in texas

January 19th, 2011
5:28 pm

WOW! I live in Austin. Texas love the coaches from UGA. I mean Muschamp,George Wynn, Greg Davis, now Searels. Maybe some of UT recent sucess (last year excluded) can transfer to Athens. This is coming from a Bulldog fan now living in Austin.Hopefully Crowell,Drew,Rome and Jenkins will sign with Georgia. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Squeeze

January 19th, 2011
5:29 pm

Yeah…who needs him. What does that idiot Mack Brown know? Texas isn’t half the program that UGA is.

jack bull

January 19th, 2011
5:29 pm

everything athdog said is not true…just goes to show, don’t believe everything you read, huh?

Dawg Squeeze

January 19th, 2011
5:32 pm

probably wanted to be at a program that has won a national championship in the last quarter century.

Mike Tyson

January 19th, 2011
5:33 pm

And you guys thought I IMPLODED? The UGA program is in full IMPLOSION.
Arrest, DUIs, players not graduating, losing to Florida annually.
We are the 9th best team in the conference with the 5th best talent nationally in high schools.
We have been horrible for 3 years and half of the last 4.
We do not deserve ANY 5 stsr or 4 star recruits.

Hey all recruits go somewhere else, our staff is the laughing stock of the conference, EVEN Vanderbilt now has a better staff.

Brad

January 19th, 2011
5:34 pm

UGAs problems are as follows (1) Fans (2) coaches (3) players. I started jumping over hedges like Herschel when I was 4. I love the dogs always have always will. But we have the worst fan base I have seen. Don’t know squat about football, coaching, play calling, strength and conditioning, game strategy, lastly our place in the order of things. The fans won’t stop complaining, the recruits here the stupids complaining and go to Alabama, UT, UF, FSU, Auburn, etc.

Paul Johnson

January 19th, 2011
5:34 pm

Somebody say UGA has a job opening? Hmm…..

Dawg Squeeze

January 19th, 2011
5:35 pm

Amen Brad….you’re spot on!

UGASlobberknocker

January 19th, 2011
5:37 pm

The OL performance has been awful since he has been here. Either we are recruiting the wrong people, not coaching them up, or not making them stronger..not to mention all the injuries, especially the freak amt of shoulder injuries on the OL. Or all of the above.Something is broken. So any change here has to be considered a positive move IMO.

jack bull

January 19th, 2011
5:38 pm

amen brad….oh yeah, is “the recruits here the stupids complaining….” the same as ‘the recruits HEAR the stupids complaining…….’?

Spivedog

January 19th, 2011
5:39 pm

UGA has it’s fair share of problems, that is for sure. But college football fans can always count on UGA beating Ga.Tech. Every. Single. Year.

It’s so funny (aka pathetic) to see the Tech fans (both of them) come on these UGA blogs to talk trash. You guys really are complete losers.

Mark (another one)

January 19th, 2011
5:39 pm

It amazes me the comments on here. If you can see if on TV or from the stands, the coaches will see it on tape. Evaluating staff and upgrading where necessary is not always easy, but I bet Richt has more experience doing it than the posters on this blog.

I am more concerned about the timing and its impact on the ability to find a quality replacement, and a little concerned about recruiting. The Dawgs need some quality linemen and signing day is just a couple of weeks away. I hope this doesn’t cause any recruits to change their minds.

JayD

January 19th, 2011
5:40 pm

Good Luck with you future plans Mr. Strickland

UGASlobberknocker

January 19th, 2011
5:40 pm

Brad you seem to base your opinion of Dawg fans on the lunatic fringe that make up a large part of the blogosphere. Especially here.That is not a true sample..not by a long shot. Same is true for every other school as well. A loud few reflect bad on the vast sane majority. Yes we want to win. No, if we lose we dont fire everyone, every year. for any reason, or find something to bitch about no matter what..

SuperB

January 19th, 2011
5:41 pm

Don’t let the door hit you in the butt.

Mike Tyson

January 19th, 2011
5:41 pm

Hey Dummies, Head Coaches coach up the assistant coaches, either they get the job done or the head coach fires them or in normal cases the Head Coach should get fired.

rocketfuel

January 19th, 2011
5:42 pm

Hope Searels interviews well and accepts the job right then.Thanks for your time here Searels and good luck in Austin.

Spivedog

January 19th, 2011
5:43 pm

good post UGASk. Brad, remember the context. I’m sure you live in Ga., and consequently don’t really have a perspective of dealing w/ other fan bases outside of Ga.

Goldtimer

January 19th, 2011
5:43 pm

When this guy was hired from LSU all you mutts were jumping for joy. Now you can’t wait for him to leave. Shows the intelligence of the Dawg Nation.

oakwwod dawg

January 19th, 2011
5:44 pm

okay way to early prediction for uga 2011, dogs will start out 0-2 with losses to boise state and south carolina, they will also lose to florida and auburn big likely by fourty in both games and finish the season 6-6 again and mark richt will likely be fired so if searls stays or goes is not a big deal. the program is in a down turn now and no coach worth a dang would take this job. just the facts

Law Dawg

January 19th, 2011
5:44 pm

Our program is falling to pieces. Richt has no control over the program at all anymore.