A new job for UGA grad assistant who coached in bowl (and other notes)
Emptying the notebook to start the weekend:
- You remember Todd Hartley, one of the two UGA football graduate assistants who famously filled in as interim defensive coaches for the 2009 Independence Bowl after Mark Richt fired three coaches. Marshall University officially named Hartley to its coaching staff on Friday. He’ll coach safeties. The Georgia staff has known for several weeks that Marshall was hiring Hartley, who returned to G.A. duties at UGA after Richt hired new defensive coaches. Hartley, a Gray, Ga., native, graduated from UGA in 2008; he and his wife have a four-month-old son.
- Published heights and weights of athletes are not always reliable, but Georgia’s spring football roster, released this week, shows some substantial weight gains from the Liberty Bowl roster. Changes in Georgia’s strength and conditioning program took effect after the bowl. Four linemen are showing gains of 20-plus pounds: defensive lineman Kwame Geathers (from 325 to 350) and offensive linemen Cordy Glenn (from 320 to 348), A.J. Harmon (320 to 345) and Kenarious Gates (307 to 328).
- The NCAA requires all Division I athletics programs to go through a detailed and rather arduous “recertification” process every 10 years. The self-study and peer-review process includes examinations of athletics program governance, compliance with NCAA rules, academic integrity and support, gender equity and diversity. Georgia was among 26 institutions whose recertification was announced by the NCAA this week.
- Been there. Done that. That was Kentucky coach John Calipari’s reaction to Georgia coach Mark Fox calling a timeout just before Dustin Ware made what would have been the game-winning shot against Alabama in the SEC quarterfinals Friday. “I’ve been there where I’ve called a timeout and the kid makes the shot,” Calipari said. “I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Because you are just going by feel: ‘I don’t like what I see here; I don’t like what we’re going to get.’ I did it at South Carolina a year ago on a play. We made the basket, and they’re looking at me: ‘You called a timeout.’ ‘I didn’t think you were going to make it or I wouldn’t have called the timeout.’ And that’s how Georgia loses, right?” (Click here for the full story on Georgia’s untimely timeout and unclear NCAA prospects.)