Anybody up for a round of “why don’t Georgia’s coaches get offers from other places”? Bueller? Bueller?
Multiple media reports Wednesday night have defensive line coach Chris Wilson (leaving for USC) and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti (going back to the Washington Redskins, where he previously spent 11 seasons as an assistant) joining defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and secondary coach Scott Lakatos as departures from Mark Richt’s staff within the last week.
My bet is that this doesn’t come as a complete shock. Richt’s comment at yesterday’s presser about the future of Wilson and Olivadotti at Georgia – “Yeah, right now, if they want to,” Richt said at the late morning news conference. “And as of right now, I think they want to.” – wasn’t exactly what I would call definitively phrased.
Both coaches were well thought of and I thought both did a good job last season, so more power to them if they want to move on. Really, this does present Pruitt with what I would think any incoming coordinator would prefer, a chance to populate his staff with the guys of his choosing. (As an aside, Pruitt will be the first defensive coordinator under Richt who wasn’t asked to keep Rodney Garner on staff when he came on board.) And there are already rumors swirling that Pruitt’s closing in on his first hire.
There’s no reason to think Pruitt’s new team won’t be in place before spring practice, so the bigger short term concern is whether Georgia has enough bodies on the recruiting trail to finish things out in the three weeks leading up to signing day. Luckily, there aren’t that many targets left on Georgia’s board to chase.