Offensive line coach still looks Friend-ly; SEC East standings still look jumbled

A few notes to start the day:

  • Mark Richt expects to name a new offensive line coach early this week, and all indications continue to point toward UAB’s Will Friend.

Two other candidates who had expressed strong interest in the position have been told they won’t get the job.

As for when the hire is made and announced, that probably depends on how long it takes to complete a routine pre-employment background check. UGA typically uses an outside firm to conduct the checks, which sometimes get completed more quickly than others.

Anyway, if you missed it, here’s a bit of bio on Friend from Friday’s blog:

As an offensive guard at Alabama in the 1990s, he was a four-year starter and a two-time All-SEC player. He was named to Alabama’s Team of the Decade.

He has been Alabama-Birmingham’s offensive line coach for the past four years and before that was offensive line coach at Gardner-Webb for two years. UAB’s head coach is Neil Callaway, a former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Georgia. In fact, Friend helped Callaway with Georgia’s offensive line for two years (2003-04) as a graduate assistant.

  • After another wild weekend in SEC basketball, Georgia has moved up to third place in the East Division -– ½ game out of second and ½ game out of last. The current standings:

Florida 7-2

Tennessee 5-3

Georgia 5-4

Kentucky 4-4

South Carolina 4-4

Vanderbilt 4-4

Georgia plays a non-conference game in Stegeman Coliseum against Xavier on Tuesday night –- an important game for NCAA tournament selection purposes. Within the division, the big game Tuesday is Tennessee at Kentucky.

  • Georgia’s win over Auburn on Saturday made the Bulldogs 4-0 against SEC West teams, compared with 1-4 vs. the East.
  • Back to football. Georgia’s lack of depth on the defensive line prompted the move last year of Justin Anderson from the offensive line to nose tackle. Anderson wound up playing in only one game –- the season opener -– because of a toe injury that required surgery, and it’s now unclear whether he’ll stay on the D-line or return to the O-line for his senior season. “That has not been determined yet,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Saturday.
  • More later today. . . .

116 comments Add your comment

ForsythDawg

February 7th, 2011
5:21 am

And my first, FIRST… Can’t wait until kickoff!

mikeylikesit

February 7th, 2011
5:23 am

First!
Hahaha
Thank you very much!

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run the ball

February 7th, 2011
5:40 am

It doesn’t matter who the o line coach is, who the fullback is, who the tailback is etc…Bobo will not commit to running the ball, reguardless of how effective it is. When Richt has a back rush for over 100 yds his record is incredible. Yet, our coaching staff makes no effort to accomplish this. Why?? Ealey can do it, if he gets the chance.

Roll Tide

February 7th, 2011
5:43 am

Looks like uga will have to hire a BAMA man to get things RIGHT in Athens.

woebegong

February 7th, 2011
6:03 am

RoolTide,
Up early and not reading the complete BIO it would seem. A graduate assistant for two years at UGA. Do you troll other blogs that do not concern Alabama as much as you do AJC’s? Sad, Sad little troll.

dawgfan

February 7th, 2011
6:09 am

our offensive line wasnt very good in 2003 and not much better in 2004.

Paddy

February 7th, 2011
6:14 am

Roll Tide….you must admit, that was a weak effort on your part. We have come to expect more from your posts.

south

February 7th, 2011
6:21 am

Roll Tide – It takes a UGA man to keep BAMA with a top rated D and recruiting class. Without Smart, Bama would be seriously hurtin…

tony

February 7th, 2011
6:31 am

Roll Tide, isn’t Nick Sabans from the state of W.Virginia? Isn’t Paul Bear Bryant from the state of Arkansas? Didn’t Cam Newton come from the state of Ga? Without Cam I don’t think AU win 9 games. You got alot to learn young man. It doesn’t matter what state a person comes from just as long as they do what they were hired to do.

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Frustrated

February 7th, 2011
6:45 am

Please dont hire Friend! He will be terrible. Once again Ga is hiring friends. He is a Neil Callaway deciple and we want no part of it. Callaways lines were worse than the one we had.

Fulltime dawgfan

February 7th, 2011
7:00 am

I dont understand why people continue to talk about things that happened in the past. People complained about the ol and dl getting pushed around and cmr addressed the s&c staff. Folks lost faith in ealey and king cmr found a potential replacement. We needed a big nt cmr found one. What more do you people want stop crying and support the team or cheer for somebody else. For my true dog fans lets keep the positive energy going continue to support the team if I notice the major changes that have been made I know you see it also!

Apples II Oranges

February 7th, 2011
7:03 am

Justin Anderson may be better served in transfering. The coaching staff is at a lose in how to best utilize him and this is going to be a trying time for Anderson. If the staff cannot find him a home and get the young man into a situation where he gets comfortable he may never see signifanct playing time. It really would be hard to blame the kid. Maybe for his betterment he should look at transfering for a fresh start and coaches who do not have preconveived notion on what he can or cannot do.

Apples II Oranges

February 7th, 2011
7:04 am

**preconcieved**

Dawg Gone

February 7th, 2011
7:14 am

Apples II Oranges – i before e except after c or when sounded as a as in neighbor and weigh

JB

February 7th, 2011
7:14 am

The OL has been awful the last two years. Any change might help. Four year starter at Bama means he knows some football. Callaway after Searles doesn’t look bad. BUT, If Richt is here to stay, why not swing for the fences and get a top notch OL coach. I’m afraid all the reasons mentioned on these blogs the last week are true. 2011 is Richt’s most season. He knows it. Perspective hires know it also.

JB

February 7th, 2011
7:15 am

s/b Richt’s most important season.

BigGAdawg

February 7th, 2011
7:22 am

Apples II Oranges

That is just silly–who besides you is talking about him transferring? Sounds like you are for another team and not a Bulldog at all. Which shade of Orange do you wear?

The only reason he did not play alot last season was injury and surgery–read the article. The only “transfer” being talked about is from one side of the line to the other.

Now back into your basement.

JB

February 7th, 2011
7:22 am

Half Time show of Super Bowl. These people make a living doing this? Awful. How about Lady A. ..Hell, Jimmy Buffett would have wowed the crowd better. 15 minutes of Don Rickles would have been better.

JB

February 7th, 2011
7:26 am

He’s a Techie I assume. This class is killing them after watching Johnson steal a few from Georgia Southern. Tech is in trouble, they just don’t know it…..yet. You can not go up against VT,FSU,Miami,NC,Clemson,UGA etc with the type players they just signed. Why do teams like these beat Ga. Southerns& Charleston Southerns etc by 40 points?

D A DoubleU G

February 7th, 2011
7:27 am

I hope the same idiot chronic whiners and complainers don’t try to jump back on ship when it’s righted. Either wear your G with pride through thick AND thin, or never wear it again.

Go Dawgs!!!

D A DoubleU G

February 7th, 2011
7:30 am

Keep Paul Johnson!!! Forever!!!!!

Palm City Dawg

February 7th, 2011
7:33 am

Uh, yeah roll tide…and you had to get a DAWG to made things right as well…and even paid big bucks to keep him away from us.

Palm City Dawg

February 7th, 2011
7:38 am

Tim, we have been reading clips on Friend the past few days, but do you have any statistics on his line’s performance for those years.

suwaneedawg

February 7th, 2011
7:44 am

Roll Tide, I was impressed that you could read the bio. However, you lived up to your expectations of not understanding the entire bio posted. Great job.

suwaneedawg

February 7th, 2011
7:45 am

D A DoubleU G

February 7th, 2011

D A, very well put and stated. Amen!

82Dawg

February 7th, 2011
7:46 am

@D A DoubleU G …totally agree….I am sure haters will be on here before long…(HT)

Big Dawg

February 7th, 2011
7:50 am

Fellow Dawgs,

We had a man at Georgia a few years back as Tight Ends coach who wanted the Offensive Line Coaching position but then they went and hired Stacy Searals from LSU, yes Searals is from Georgia (Trion) but his heart was never in it. Dave Johnson should be given the job and in my humble opinion we would be watching our OL show improvement, to play in the trenches you have to not only be smart but you also have to be nasty. That has been missing from our team for a while now, especially the last 3 years and we have seen the results of diminishing wins and an embarrashing performance in the Liberty Bowl against Central Florida. I don’t know anything about Will Friend, but I do remember Neil Calloway and it was a blessing him leaving because he had become comfortable with mediocraty. Hopefully whoever is hired with be hungry and will not accept/tollerate all of the mental mistakes that have seemed to plagued the Dawgs the last few years and our OL will get back to being a well oiled machine and being dominate.

Go Dawgs

chalkdawg4

February 7th, 2011
7:52 am

JB – I must agree that the half time show may have been the worst one that I can remember. Not only do the make a living doing that – they are incredibly wealthy for putting out that schlock.

douglas

February 7th, 2011
7:56 am

JB: I differ with our opinion — I thought halftime show was great. I’m tired of seeing 60 year old men and bands sing. Get with the program.

Bitter vince dooly

February 7th, 2011
7:58 am

it dont take long to open up a bucket of “negitive” talk from so many”LOOSER’S”.

this year offer’s much hope for many in the SEC, ark, south car, fla, georgia, tenn, miss st, —not to mention all will be trying to nock all-burn back into there rightful place at the bottom of the SEC.

at the end of the day —bamma will raise up and take the west
who will take the east??????????? to hard to call

one thing is for sure—the wars on saturday will continue???

theres no crying in SEC football!!!

AU in B-ham

February 7th, 2011
7:58 am

good hire for the dogs, he is a good coach and quality guy-i think uga wins the East next year, I just don’t see any dominant team again in the East and love Murray at Qb. I think LSU wins West.

va.dawg

February 7th, 2011
7:59 am

the past says alot about the future! ask coach Bowdon

ugab

February 7th, 2011
8:06 am

Why ga don’t go after the best coaches in the world

? The Mysterian

February 7th, 2011
8:19 am

ugab: Who are those coaches? And who says they are the best? What are the credentials of the people saying they are the best? Please, help us out. I must be one of the few on this blog that does not have a clue who UGA should/could hire as their O-line coach. Damn! You some of you people are so smart!!

I would be

February 7th, 2011
8:22 am

interested to know who the other two candidates were….

Bark Madley

February 7th, 2011
8:22 am

His UAB line did better against common SEC opponents than Searles line did

Halsey

February 7th, 2011
8:31 am

Yeah, I’m sure you went over hours of film and broke down the offensive line play of UAB and UGA.

Herschel Talker

February 7th, 2011
8:34 am

Enter your comments here

Herschel Talker

February 7th, 2011
8:35 am

Please take our entire caching staff at tech!

Reality Check

February 7th, 2011
8:40 am

JB, we have to get an unknown guy as OL line coach for the same reason it was hard to get a DC last year. With all of the negative talk about CMR and this will be his last year, who wants to come to Athens when the perception is there is a 50% chance the staff will be fired after the year. I will support the team regardless next year and personally hope CMR has made the changes that will keep him around. With all of the turmoil it was a miracle the recruiting class they pulled off. The Dawgs should have pictures of Boise State in the weightroom, athletic building or whatever so the players are reminded that the whole country thinks they are coming to Atlanta to spank us. This game is the most important of the season to set the tone for the rest of the year.

Also- I have been watching half time shows for 30 years and that was the worst ever last night. Even my younger son who has their music on his ipod was expecting it to be great and he turned it off it was so bad.

Mickey Mouse

February 7th, 2011
8:44 am

Go ahead and hire this Mickey Mouse guy cuz it wont matter anyway. Dawgs will get new coaching staff for 2012.

VA Dawg II

February 7th, 2011
8:45 am

AJC headline: Jesus Christ hired as UGA OL coach.

AJC readers: Long haired hippie….he wears a dress….he got himself killed….Get a haircut you flipflop wearing hippie….Sure he walks on water, but can he coach….

Big Bob

February 7th, 2011
8:46 am

To Roll Tide. Looks like Bama had to hire a Georgia man to get their defense in order several years ago.

Apples II Oranges

February 7th, 2011
8:46 am

Early, and I still missed a typo, lol!

Also I am a Dawg, obviously you do not blog much or you would know this. I am more than level headed, but the young man has been in this program for more than a blink of an eye and yet they cannot find a home for him. My post is for the Justin Anderson, not Dawg fans. Of course I would love to see him excel in Athens, but he gets shuttled back and forth often. This is not his first rodeo in flopping back and forth from Offense to Defense. Don’t get your panties in a wad over my post.

cantondawg

February 7th, 2011
8:47 am

Could someone please call PETA or the Atlanta police to report a crime committed by Herschel Talker.

I’m pretty sure there is a law against “beating the same dead horse” everyday.

82Dawg

February 7th, 2011
8:47 am

@Mickey Mouse are you Herschel Talker the same person? Sounds like it and y’all always comment about the same time…

Corn Rolls and Ear Bling

February 7th, 2011
8:49 am

Good recruiting class for another run for the Fulmer cup.

Bobby Bulldog

February 7th, 2011
8:58 am

Richt turned o-line pick over to Bobo and no one else was even interviewed. Name of the game now is to go with a young hotshot, while anyone over forty is kicked aside regardless of qualifications or character. Bobo has led Richt’s team down a primrose path in the past, but let’s hope that Friend is the wonder kid he is being sold as or all three will be gone.

North Georgia Dawg

February 7th, 2011
9:06 am

The problem with paying the most for the best is you’ll always have someone come right behind you and be willing to play a little more. We need long term stability and not a one pump chump like Belin! Also, typically you see the better coaches or shall I say higher profile coaches at the top tier programs. Those programs usually have the better talent hince the success of the coaches or vice versa. So is it the Jimmys & Joes or the X’s & O’s???