Not getting Bud Foster? Oh, noes!

This is why I’m not posting about potential candidates in the defensive coordinator search:

… I’ve said this before, but I’ll repeat it now: Georgia is a big-time gig, and while there are coaches out there who are very interested in getting the job, there are plenty more who know it’s a fantastic bargaining chip to getting a raise at their current one. Indulge in any rumors at your own risk.

There’s going to be a lot more noise in the system before we hear about a hire.  We’ve got a head coach whom I trust to evaluate the needs for the position.  And there are plenty of good defensive coaches out there.  In the end, it’ll work out, people.  Give it time.  As Hale concludes, “… fans should be confident Richt is aiming high and Damon is willing to back up those aspirations with a significant investment financially.”

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UPDATE: Mr. Westerdawg wins today’s Pun of the Day contest.

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26 responses to “Not getting Bud Foster? Oh, noes!

  1. baltimore dawg

    i think it’s an encouraging signal that richt is re-imagining how he runs his program and that evans has given him the green light to go after anyone he wants. would have been a hole-in-one hire, which is why it was so improbable, but i’m encouraged that we made him a serious offer.

    p.s. please avoid zookisms in all future posts.

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  2. Julie

    One article stated that Corch Meyers and Jimbo Fisher had already contacted him about their vacancies, but that the offer by Georgia was “heating up” – thus the new contract. I’m glad Foster at least had us at the top of the heap. Apparently, not only is Richt good to work for, but Damon is willing to write a LARGE check.

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    • SandersDawg

      “I’m glad Foster at least had us at the top of the heap.”

      No Julie, Foster never said he had us at the top of his heap. What he said was that WE made the serious overture. Which means we evidently wanted him more than Florida or FSU did, and more than he wanted us. He never said he was even considering our offer. That speaks volumes.

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      • Dan A.

        What speaks volumes is that he got a new contract from VT. If he wasn’t considering the Georgia offer, there would have been no need for that.

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    • Dog in Fla

      Damon already has the large check on order and MegaPrint is throwing in one of their happiest presenters for no extra charge for the one-time appearance presentation.

      http://www.megaprint.com/large-checks.php

      As soon as Richt and Damon reel one in (and they’re making sure not to tell him that he’s got to replace the interior defensive line) and get his name and the amount, Damon will order Milton in bookkeeping in the basement of the Butts-Mehre Defense Complex to fill in the blanks with a red and black Marks-a-Lot.

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  3. Scooter

    As an Alabama fan, I am still a little nervous that Richt will make a large push for Smart. I just don’t think Samrt will leave Alabama for a lateral move.

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    • SandersDawg

      Why not? Kevin Steele did. And Clemson isn’t in the elite SEC or his alma mater.

      I don’t think he will come either, but don’t kid yourself to think its not a serious temptation or that he has no motivation to leave Bama.

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    • Macallanlover

      I hope Richt doesn’t have KS at the top of his list. First, I am not convinced the improvement of the Bama defense should be totally credited to Smart. Not saying he isn’t a good DC, but he really may not be the best available coach from a technical standpoint, and then there is my bigger concern. Secondly, and more importantly to me, why go after someone who is the hottest coordinator in the country and is within months of getting his own HC job? No one needs added instabilty in such a high profile position and with Smart one of these two things is guaranteed: 1) he will come into UGA, do a great job, and become an even hotter property thus insuring his brief “fly through” Athens or, 2) he will come in, struggle with getting things turned around and diminish his reputation while not producing the desired change in UGA fortunes which means the hire works badly for both parties.

      I could see him making this move two years ago, but agree with you, it makes no sense for KS at this point unless he wants to be a coordinator the rest of his life just to live in Athens. The only other reason is if he feels coming to UGA would put in in line to be the HC when CMR leaves. I don’t see it happening, and that is preferable to me. Not knocking Smart at all, just think UGA is better leaving him alone, and think he is better letting things play out in Tusky until he gets a good HC offer.

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      • SandersDawg

        I don’t think you read my comment correctly. I didn’t say i thought Georgia should hire Steele. I was countering Scooter’s point that Smart has no reason to leave for a lateral move. I just pointed out that Steele did so just last year for a lesser program.

        Read my comment again.

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        • Macallanlover

          Uh, sorry Sanders, read mine again. I was replying to Scooter directly, none of my comment was to your post. My “KS was Kirby Smart, not Kevin Steele…..didn’t even consider that.

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  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    “Oh…we gotta have a proven DC who will stay till the end of time”

    Oh….the inside information is Mark and Damon just won’t spend the money for Kirby Smart.

    Much as it pains me, I agree with our Scotch loving friend…but for different reasons.

    Kirby, great guy that he might be, has been a DC for two years, and is, without question, the sorcerer’s apprentice in Tuscaloosa.

    Can’t we do better than a guy whose main claim to fame in the Blogosphere is that he went to Georgia?

    I know Smart is the popular choice brought to you by most of the same people who wanted to bench Joe Cox for Logan Gray, but what we need is a proven defensive mind, not a grad student.

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    • SandersDawg

      “I know Smart is the popular choice brought to you by most of the same people who wanted to bench Joe Cox for Logan Gray, but what we need is a proven defensive mind, not a grad student.”

      Nail meet head.

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  5. Scooter

    This is an entirely different situation than when K. Steele left Bama. Steele left to join a new coaching staff that will be given time to bring Clemson back to prominence.

    As much as I like Richt, Richt will probably be given only one more year to staighten out Georgia. Smart is not going to leave Bama where he has great job security and on his way to become a head coach for a job that he may be fired from within a year.

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    • The Realist

      Richt has more than “one more year.” Richt will stick around as long as he wants.

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    • As much as I like Richt, Richt will probably be given only one more year to staighten out Georgia.

      You must know something I don’t know. He’s replacing the three coaches the fan base was most unhappy with. Unless he completely screws the pooch with the new hires (which I strongly doubt will occur), Richt is fine.

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  6. Scooter

    Certainly you guys are a lot closer to the program and understand the culture a lot better than I do, but I would assume if Richt goes 7 and 5 next year, then he’s gone.

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  7. bullydawgy

    Spoken like a true bama fan, Scooter!

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  8. Joseph

    Yeah we are going to fire him bring in Bill Curry or Will Muschamp and set the world on fire.

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  9. Keese

    Why no attention to Garner. Give me a definitive reason why Garner couldn’t fit the bill? Or at least be considered. Give the guy his shot. We’ve already passed over plenty of other capable hires previously on staff.

    Guy is tough as nails, high energy, smart and very capable. Players simply respect and listen to him. He and Willie are not of the same breed or approach to the game………..

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    • Hackerdog

      First, Garner is most known for recruiting, not X’s & O’s.

      Second, he’s never been a DC. Any promotion to DC would be, to some extent, a leap of faith. We need a proven coach to help rebuild a poor defense. That’s not really a job for somebody who’s never done it before.

      Third, he could be seen as part of the problem. Our defense this year was poor, and Garner was one of our coaches. Now, Garner’s boys probably did as well or better than any unit on our defense, but you can make the case that his guys have not lived up to their talent level.

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        That would be making the same mistake as promoting Willie to DC was when BVG left. Time for a proven DC, not another leap of faith.

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  10. Keese

    One more thought about Garner….name ANYONE who would be more committed to defensive success at UGA…other than CMR. Sure other DC’s might come for the money or lure of the position…but Garner has pored more sweat and blood in UGA and wants to succeed personally and professionaly.

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    • Hackerdog

      I don’t think motivation is much of a factor. Every coach would be motivated. I think Martinez was motivated. Hell, he probably knew his job might ride on the defense’s performance this year. And he still couldn’t produce satisfactory results on the field.

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