Mississippi State’s Chris Wilson accepts UGA’s offer to become defensive line coach

ATHENS –It’s not really a secret, nor is it official, but all indications are that Chris Wilson will  become Georgia’s new defensive line coach in the coming days.

Wilson, who is currently defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Mississippi State, met with head coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham this past week and agreed in general terms to replacing Rodney Garner as the Bulldogs’ defensive line coach. But Wilson’s hiring cannot become official until the job opening has been posted for the minimum amount of time and Wilson has cleared UGA’s background check.

Chris Wilson, Mississippi State's co-defensive coordinator the past three years, accepted Georgia's offer to succeed Rodney Garner as defensive line coach. (Photo by Mansel Guerry/Mississippi State)

Chris Wilson, Mississippi State's co-defensive coordinator the past three years, accepted Georgia's offer to succeed Rodney Garner as defensive line coach. (Photo by Mansel Guerry/Mississippi State)

“Nothing is official and it won’t be until Georgia completes the background checks and their official deal,” said Wilson, reached by phone Sunday in Nashville, where he is attending the American Football Coaches Association national convention.  “Once that’s done, I believe I’ll have the job. But nothing is actually official yet as far as posting and all the things that go along with that. I’m excited about the opportunity and I believe it’s going to be there for me.”

Wilson could not say if he would also absorb any of the other titles that Garner held, including assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.

“We didn’t talk about that,” he said. “We didn’t get into particulars. We definitely don’t know what all it will entail at this point. But I’m just excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Richt and the University of Georgia and that’s what I’m looking forward to more than anything else.”

In Wilson, the Bulldogs will be getting an experienced coach with an impressive resume. He served Mississippi State as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach the past three seasons. At $308,000, he was one of the highest-paid members of coach Dan Mullen’s staff, according to the Jackson-Clarion Ledger. He shared coordinator duties with Mississippi State’s Geoff Collins, who had took over defensive play-calling duties for the Gator Bowl matchup against Northwestern. They lost 34-20.

State finished 34th in the nation in scoring defense at 23.31 ppg, but gave up 33.6 in the last six games of the year during which it went 1-5.

Wilson also was defensive line coach and special teams coordinator under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, his alma mater. Wilson was a Butkus Award candidate as a linebacker for the Sooners and recorded 311 tackles as a four-year letterman (1988-91). Wilson also held defensive coaching positions at Colorado, Army, Illinois State and Indiana State, among others.

Garner had been Georgia’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for the last 15 years and assistant head coach for the last six years. He left UGA on Dec. 22 to take the same job at Auburn, his alma mater.

Wilson, who turns 44 on Tuesday, and his wife Tina have two children, Caleb and Cody.

“I was excited just to get the interview,” Wilson said of Georgia. “We’ll see where it goes.”

CHRIS WILSON’S BIO

2011- Mississippi State (Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
2010: Mississippi State (Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line)
2007-09: Oklahoma (Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends)
2005-06: Oklahoma (Defensive Ends)
2000-04: Colorado (Defensive Line)
2000 (Spr.): Army (Defensive Line)
1998-99: Illinois State (Defensive Line)
1997: Indiana State (Linebackers / Recruiting Coordinator)
1996: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1995: Northern Illinois (Linebackers)
1994: Indiana State (Linebackers)
1993: Indiana State (Graduate Assistant)

99 comments Add your comment

JohnInJax

January 6th, 2013
5:00 pm

Good Hire!! Go Dawgs!!!

Vance Duly

January 6th, 2013
5:14 pm

I hope that he’s a good fit for coaching AND recruiting, BUT —- can he also coach kickers!? (I already know the answer)…. GO DAWGS!

The Ballad of Poor Joe Cox

January 6th, 2013
5:19 pm

i’d like to coach the kickers….so they can kick you in the pants

7576DAWG

January 6th, 2013
5:23 pm

Richt and Grantham must have had good reasons for this hire but the stats. are not that great. I hope the reason that the teams he coached were only fair was because those team did not have the talent or depth needed to do any better. Well, Wilson has the players now. I hope Richt will not hesitate, after giving him 2 years to prove himself in recruiting and coaching, to replace Wilson if he doesn’t improve our recruiting of linemen and on the field production. Please don’t take that as anything negative in this hiring because I hope Mr. Wilson works out but we all know how much Richt hates to fire a coach who is under performing.

johnn

January 6th, 2013
5:29 pm

Come on Chip, you are better than this. Do you really think they had co DCs and they were both named Wilson. Geoff’s last name is not Wilson and he was recently upgraded to the sole DC. Hence,
the eagerness for the real Wilson to desire a move to UGAG.

AFD

January 6th, 2013
5:31 pm

Below is a compilation of UGA’s Special Teams statistics this past season compared to Oklahoma’s from 2007-’09 when Coach Wilson was in charge of the Sooners’ special teams (I think it’s safe to say that he WON’T be the answer to UGA’s placekicking woes the past two seasons; fwiw, it seems like he had his most success early w/ the kickoff return units and later w/ the punt return and punt return coverage units):

UGA’s Special Teams – 2012 (FBS Rankings)

Kickoff Returns: 22.16 yds / return (ranked #44), including 1 TD
Kickoff Returns – Coverage: 20.20 yds / return (ranked #36)
Punt Returns: 7.52 yds / return (ranked #82)
Punt Returns – Coverage: 11.14 yds / return (ranked #103), including 1 TD
Net Punting: 36.78 yds (ranked #57)
FGs: 8 of 14 = 57.1% (ranked #132)
XPs: 63 of 67 = 94% (ranked #133)

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Oklahoma’s Special Teams (FBS Rankings)

2009:

Kickoff Returns: 20.82 yds / return (ranked #83)
Kickoff Returns – Coverage: 20.16 yds / return, including 1 TD
Punt Returns: 16.26 yds / return (ranked #3)
Punt Returns – Coverage: 1.76 yds / return, 0 TDs
Net Punting: 40.27 yds (ranked #5)
FGs: 18 of 28 = 64.3% (ranked #113); note: used 3 different kickers
XPs: 48 of 50 = 96% (ranked #103); note: used 3 different kickers

2008:

Kickoff Returns: 25.17 yds / return (ranked #5)
Kickoff Returns – Coverage: 23.84 yds / return, including 4 TDs
Punt Returns: 8.29 yds / return (ranked #71)
Punt Returns – Coverage: 5.00 yds / return, 0 TDs
Net Punting: 33.84 yds (ranked #83)
FGs: 8 of 13 = 61.5% (ranked #118)
XPs: 94 of 99 = 94.9% (ranked #123)

2007:

Kickoff Returns: 28.27 yds / return (ranked #1)
Kickoff Returns – Coverage: 21.75 yds / return, 0 TDs
Punt Returns: 7.56 yds / return (ranked #78)
Punt Returns – Coverage: 10.83 yds / return, 0 TDs
Net Punting: 37.07 yds (ranked #24)
FGs: 13 of 15 = 86.7% (ranked #16)
XPs: 71 of 76 = 93.4% (ranked #133)

Taco Meat

January 6th, 2013
5:42 pm

I like this hire! Come on down Toby Johnson and/or Montravius Adams! Go Dawgs!

gater hater

January 6th, 2013
5:51 pm

Now, we need to hire Hines Ward in some capacity for recruiting

Dawg-Gawn

January 6th, 2013
5:59 pm

Mississippi States DC now is Geoff Collins… Dan Mullen made a boo boo big time…. welcome to the REAL Bulldawg Nation, Coach Wilson, we have recruit’in to do – GATA!

@7576Dawg: This is a good hire!

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

SEC Football

January 6th, 2013
5:59 pm

HE IS A GOOD RECRUITER AND DOES A GOOD JOB WITH THE D-LINE. YOU CAN BET BOB STOOPS WOULD NOT HAVE BROUGHT HIM BACK TO OKLAHOMA IF HE DID NOT FEEL HE WAS CAPABLE TO GET THE JOB DONE. HE LEFT FOR STATE BECAUSE IT WAS A PROMOTION FOR HIM. HE IS ABOUT 10 YEARS YOUNGER THAN GARNER SO HE SHOULD RELATE TO THE KIDS TODAY BETTER. HE KNOWS THE SEC SO HE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ADJUST TO THE SPEED ETC. OF THE CONFERENCE. I LIKE THE HIRE.

Fact Checker

January 6th, 2013
6:14 pm

Rodney Garner is 46 years old (born 30 June 1966) while Chris Wilson turns 44 on Tuesday…so Garner is ~2.5 years older than Wilson, not 10.

Calistoga Dawg

January 6th, 2013
6:19 pm

Not saying he will be the same, but Van Gorder had a history of average to below average statistics when he was hired by UGA. A lot of people were pissed at the hire. Let the man work and we’ll see how things work out. I think position coaches are a crap shoot.

Lagdawg

January 6th, 2013
6:29 pm

@ 7576DAWG, I agree with you totally. If a coach cannot come in and make a difference with all this talent, after two years fire him and hire someone else. Bobo has been pmpered for six years. He did ok with the playcalling, but I still expect better with all this talent. The challange next year will be, can they sustain drives and score with out having to throw long touchdown passes. Give the D a break and learn how to run the ball down teams throats. The OL will be very experienced and if they don’t get the job done, it is time to replace Friend. It was a good year, but UGA can do better and do it every year, not every once in a while.

Rookie

January 6th, 2013
6:32 pm

Wilson had Miss St’s defense ranked:
#21 in defensive scoring in 2010
#16 in defensive scoring in 2011

#7 in nation red zone td’s in 2010 & 2011
#13 & #17 in red zone scoring in 2010 & 2011

No one rushed for 200 yards on Miss St in 2010.
Only 3 teams rushed for 200+ yards on Miss St in 2011
4 teams rushed for 200+ yards on Miss St in 2012

Note:
Only 1 team rushed for 300+ yards on Miss St in 2010-2012
Georgia had 3 teams rush for 300+ yards in 2012 alone.

JB

January 6th, 2013
6:35 pm

First of all, looks like an upgrade from Garner. MS played pretty physical D. Second, thank the lord he’s from the SEC and not some lower league like Tech plays in. Go Dawgs and welcome coach. Teach them to tackle and plug a hole.

Rookie

January 6th, 2013
6:45 pm

At Oklahoma:

tackles for loss:
#3 in nation in 2008
#11 in nation in 2009

sacks:
#3 in nation in 2008
#6 in nation in 2009

rush defense:
top 20 in nation 2007-2009 each year

tackles for loss:
#6 in nation 2007
#3 in nation in 2008
#11 in nation in 2009

wow, spectacular dline coach.

Jp

January 6th, 2013
6:51 pm

Enter your comments here

And?

January 6th, 2013
7:04 pm

01Hawk – with that type of logic no coach would ever leave. To do that well with Mississippi states level of talent he should do great with the dogs!!!

1eyedJack

January 6th, 2013
7:11 pm

He should pass the eye test with Tide Roll.

BG

January 6th, 2013
7:23 pm

Great hire. GO DAWGS!

UGADawg97

January 6th, 2013
7:27 pm

I heard this guy was on his way out at MSU. Typical hire by Richt. No one does less with more…

dewnsav

January 6th, 2013
7:41 pm

01 hawk…this is a Georgia blog…nobody cares what you opinion is on the hire…especially since it is always negative…go dogs

bubba4dawgs

January 6th, 2013
7:44 pm

C’mon, you negative bimbos, welcome Coach Wilson to UGA! Why bad mouth someone you don’t even know nor what they can produce for UGA! The key will be how well he and Todd Grantham work together to improve the UGA defense!

Dawg-Gawn

January 6th, 2013
7:45 pm

Aaron Murray ‏@aaronmurray11

Blessed to be the QB for the Dawgs, not ready to leave just yet. Time to get back to work & help lead this team to a championship#GoDawgs

Great news for the Dawg Nation… straight from Aaron’s Twitter Account!

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

DogDawg

January 6th, 2013
7:45 pm

“who had took over”

dewnsav

January 6th, 2013
7:53 pm

1 eyed jack…you ‘da man…go dogs

Left Coast Dawg

January 6th, 2013
8:00 pm

Yes sir, Aaron Murray in it for another year. Too bad for Hutson but not disappointed. We should be a per-season top 5, no worse than top 10.

WDE

January 6th, 2013
8:06 pm

Welcome to the Bull Dog Nation Coach! And Aaron thanks for coming back ! Go Dawgs !

Jim

January 6th, 2013
8:10 pm

Is it really a good idea for Wilson to go telling everybody he is going to UGA before the school gives out the info? If he is hired Richt and Grantham must see something in him they like. With all the NFL coaching changes there should be alot to choose from.

Numba1Fan

January 6th, 2013
8:14 pm

7576DAWG

January 6th, 2013
8:15 pm

Dawg-Gawn
Murray’s first two years as leader was not very good .He was a lot more mouth than actual production. A lot of excuses even though he was one of the hardest workers on the team trying to turn things around. Then in the off season before the 2012 schedule started he attended Jon Gruden school for Quarterback’s and play calling. Even though Murray has made some mistakes in 2012 he proved to me that he has the ability to listen , learn from mistakes and perform better on the field.
I hope he does come back for 2013 because if he does better than he did in 2012 , Georgia’s Offense will be one of the best if not rated number 1 in the nation. Murray can prove that all that hard work he put in does pay off and Georgia will get the reward by having a Championship year. I predict over 500/yards per game Offense and over 4000 yards passing.

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:23 pm

@01Hawk
I disagree……this will be a great hire. He had better stats than Grantham’s defenses with half the talent….AND playing in the SEC West during a time when LSU, Bama and Auburn were winning many NCs. I think he even stuffed the DAWGS several years ago!!! Also, unlike Rodney, Coach Wilson has been a defensive mind his entire career where Rodney was actually an offensive lineman.

hop

January 6th, 2013
8:26 pm

Enter your comments here

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:27 pm

AND……..Wilson has experience serving as special teams coordinator at Oklahoma under a great coach. Any bozo can recognize this is a great hire! Go DAWGS!!!

hop

January 6th, 2013
8:31 pm

this is not good news that murray is returning to Georgia,but it is what I suspected ,as murray is going to get his Docturate Degree!

He is not as good as GREENE or Shockley ,neither of whom made it in the NFL.

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:31 pm

Great news about AM. There is not a team in the country that would not covet having him as a starter…..OK, maybe Texas A&M doesn’t need him!!! Any doubters automatically ID yourself as someone who doesn’t want to face him, a techie or just a simple moron!! Go DAWGS

Buzz-off

January 6th, 2013
8:34 pm

Hop
Read my comments. Which are you? A rival, a techie or a moron? Maybe you are all the above!!!

bitter "spoiled recruit"

January 6th, 2013
8:37 pm

Somebody call–turd roll—–see if he is color blind—————-haaahahahahahh

Sudsy

January 6th, 2013
8:37 pm

Enter your comments here

Shhhh…..Nkemdiche

Dawg19

January 6th, 2013
8:47 pm

“Had took”?!? Your editor must have been napping…

Dawg-Gawn

January 6th, 2013
8:50 pm

Kipp Adams ‏@KippLAdams

#UGA QB @aaronmurray11 needs just 1438 passing yards & 20 TDs to break the SEC career record in both categories.

Aaron Murray needs a 14 – 0 record in 2013 to beat David Greene’s all time winning record… that’s all!

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Bryan Johns

January 6th, 2013
9:04 pm

Thank goodness he’s gone. I’ve been a State fan for 40 years, and he was the worst coach we’ve had in that time period. This isn’t a problem. It’s a blessing

Ben

January 6th, 2013
9:04 pm

Garner leaving was an opportunity for improvement. Let’s hope that is what happens

dewnsav

January 6th, 2013
9:17 pm

Wilson is being hired as D-Line coach, not D-Coordinator…hopefully a recruiting plus, we’ll see soon…fact is all the football guru’s and trolls on the blogs will find something wrong with anyone hired…go dogs

Jeff in Calhoun

January 6th, 2013
9:39 pm

Someone mention hiring Hines Ward in some capacity for recruiting. I seriously doubt that Coach Mark Rhicht would take a chance on him since he has been arrested and convicted for DUI.

AFD

January 6th, 2013
9:51 pm

In 2012, SEC teams w/ a positive talent differential (i.e., more talent as based on available recruited scholarship player rankings) won 42 of 57 games, that is 73.7%.

In 2012, Mississippi State’s talent level was tied w/ Missouri for 10th out of 14 SEC teams. Even with below-average SEC talent, they managed to win half their SEC games and compile an overall 8-5 record.

Considering this fact, Mississippi State OVERACHIEVED in 2012. Those teams that failed to play up to their potential (e.g., Auburn, Tennessee, and Arkansas) fired their coaches (deservedly).

So the devil is in the detail you say….well notice the correlation between above-average talent and wins (also reference them to the latest BCS rankings). Also notice the correlation between below average talent (e.g., Kentucky) and losses. Bottom-line is its a LOT easier to win if you have more talent than your opponent.

Average # of stars (i.e., prospect’s assessed potential) per available recruited player per Rivals.com’s Recruiting Database and 2012 season (& SEC) record:

1. Alabama: 3.83 [record: 12-1 overall, 8-1 SEC]
2. Florida: 3.75 [record: 11-2 overall, 7-1 SEC]
3. Georgia: 3.62 [record: 12-2 overall, 7-2 SEC]
4. LSU: 3.58 [record: 10-3 overall, 6-2 SEC]
5. Auburn: 3.50 [record: 3-9 overall, 0-8 SEC] – fired their coaching staff
6. Tennessee: 3.31 [record: 5-7 overall, 1-7 SEC] – fired their coaching staff
7. S. Carolina: 3.26 [record: 11-2 overall, 6-2 SEC]
—Talent break line—
8. Texas A&M: 3.24 [record: 11-2 overall, 6-2 SEC] – overachiever
9. Arkansas: 3.06 [record: 4-8 overall, 2-6 SEC] – fired their coaching staff
T10. Mississippi St: 2.99 [record: 8-5 overall, 4-4 SEC (beat Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, & Arkansas; lost to Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss, & Northwestern)]
T10. Missouri: 2.99 [record: 5-7 overall, 2-6 SEC]
12. Ole Miss: 2.94 [record: 7-6 overall, 3-5 SEC]
13. Vanderbilt: 2.76 [record: 9-4 overall, 5-3 SEC] – overachiever
14. Kentucky: 2.72 [record: 2-10 overall, 0-8 SEC] – fired their coaching staff

Older & Wiser

January 6th, 2013
9:52 pm

What is wrong with you trolls, always knocking UGA? They hired a defensive line coach, a position for which he is very well qualified, not a defensive coordinator. How realistic could it be to expect UGA to land a line coach “hot” enough in the recruiting world to compete for an SEC defensive coordinator position? Grow up !!!

tony

January 6th, 2013
9:52 pm

At Oklahoma:

tackles for loss:
#3 in nation in 2008
#11 in nation in 2009

sacks:
#3 in nation in 2008
#6 in nation in 2009

rush defense:
top 20 in nation 2007-2009 each year

tackles for loss:
#6 in nation 2007
#3 in nation in 2008
#11 in nation in 2009

wow, spectacular dline coach.
__________________________________________

Jackie Shipp is OU Dline coach 1999-present….Wilson was their DE assistent

Sensei John Kreese

January 6th, 2013
9:55 pm

Mullen’s gimmick offense has stalled at Mississippi State. The only reason it worked at Florida was because he had Tim Tebow to run it. He can change as many defensive coaches as he wants, but until he adjust his offense to his talent, that team will struggle, especially with Ole Miss appearing to be on the rise. MSU’s defense always played hard and IMO above the level of their talent.

AFD

January 6th, 2013
9:58 pm

25 September 2010

Mississippi State 24, Georgia 10

A Chris Wilson-led Mississippi State defense held Georgia to 113 rushing yards on 34 rushing attempts (i.e., 3.3 ypc) and zero TDs.

A Rodney Garner-led Georgia defense held Mississippi State to 179 yards on 44 attempts (i.e., 4.1 ypc) and 2 TDs.

Conclusion: Chris Wilson > Rodney Garner