And so begins the Georgia career of the coach whose name is likely to generate the most word play in the coming season from hack bloggers like me.
Rob Sale, a former LSU interior lineman, spent the past three seasons at McNeese State, an FCS school in Louisiana, where he was the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Prior to that Sale was an assistant strength and conditioning coach and offensive analyst at Alabama.
Sale, a native of Monroe, La., was a three-year starter on the LSU offensive line from 2001-03. He played guard and center.
“We’re excited about the addition of Rob as our new offensive line coach and look forward to the contributions he’ll make to our program,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement Saturday. “I firmly believe he’s going to be the perfect fit for Georgia.”
I presume the next note will come as no surprise to anyone who’s followed Georgia football over the past year.
He was on the same Alabama staff from 2007-11 as Jeremy Pruitt, now Georgia’s defensive coordinator, and Kevin Sherrer, now a Georgia assistant coach. The Bulldogs also recently hired Mark Hoeke, who had been at Alabama, as strength and conditioning coordinator.
For all of you who bemoan that it’s a shame Georgia isn’t more like Alabama, happier now?
Sale has a lot to work with next season. Hopefully he can hit his stride quickly in the last month of recruiting and take it from there.