Which is, will Mark Richt take back the offensive coordinator reins so he can hire a dedicated special teams coach?
Nah, just kidding.
Richt’s gonna replace Bobo. He’s made it clear that he’d prefer to let someone else handle playcalling duty. So who’s out there that has a shot? If you’re looking for a couple of lists, here’s one from Seth Emerson and one from MaconDawg you can read.
My thoughts? I haven’t a clue on a specific name, but I do think there are some likely parameters to keep in mind. First, I don’t think Richt is going to hire somebody who requires on the job training. If he’s not going to call the plays officially, he’s not gonna do it in training, either. Second, it’s easy to lose sight of this, but Georgia hasn’t just lost an offensive coordinator. It’s also lost a very good quarterbacks coach. You have to think that whomever Richt decides on has experience in that department, too.
Given those items, I think it’s unlikely that Georgia promotes from within (as much as McGarity might like to save a few bucks by going internally), because there’s nobody on the staff with that sort of experience.
The other matters to keep in mind as the search develops would be that I doubt Richt wants to change Georgia’s offensive philosophy in any significant way, budgetary limitations – of course – and Pruitt’s Tuscaloosa-based influence.
If you’re asking me if all that smells like Doug Nussmeier… well, I probably wouldn’t argue with you.
I do think Richt will have plenty of qualified candidates to sort through. So there’s that.